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May 24, 1965

The Dying Patient and His Family

JAMA. 1965;192(8):666-667. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080210010002

The keystone to the management of the episode of death is the recognition that death is a crisis—for the patient, for his family, and for the physician. If the physician accepts his responsibility in directing this crisis toward a peaceful outcome for the patient and a healthy outcome for the family, he can follow certain procedures. In following these and in planning appropriate strategy, he can usually achieve satisfactory ends and prevent a tragic death from becoming a disaster.