What Our Patients Can Teach Us
November 21, 2013 — In this thought-provoking New York Times blog post, Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D. tells the stories of two completely different patients facing similar decisions. The patients, who were seen by Dr. Sekeres on the same day, both had to make decisions about whether to receive treatment or succumb to an unfortunate health outcome.
The core expectation for many medical professionals is to provide ongoing care—hoping for a miraculous outcome, even if it’s what ultimately weakens the patient past his or her breaking point. Sometimes, though, as Dr. Sekeres found out, it’s a patient that puts a spin on these core expectations and teaches a worthy lesson.
Read the full post.