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Sergei Brukhonenko (1890-1960), inventor of an early heart-lung machine   In a continuing (but I hope not tiresome) effort to understand why doctors are poor at engaging patients in end of life discussions, I want to explore what makes many doctors tick. This is the opportunity to help someone survive against the odds. For most... Continue Reading →

Beyond the implicit

There has been another controversy regarding DNACPR decisions in the press this week. A doctor has been defending her actions at inquest. She wrote a DNACPR certificate after thinking 'long and hard about it,' for a patient with end-stage lung disease whom she knew well. After an abortive resuscitation attempt the certificate was found by... Continue Reading →

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