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Epilogue: All About My Brother

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0015
Epilogue: All About My Brother

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This chapter relates the author's experience in dealing with the death of his own brother, Don. As an end-of-life care professional, the author served as the translator of Don's conditions to his family and friends and as one of the key decision makers. The family had very limited conditions in Don's case, which included withdrawing life-sustaining therapy and exploring organ donation. The chapter also highlights the author's realization from this experience that humanistic care starts with technical competence.

Keywords: death; end of life; life-sustaining therapy; organ donation; humanistic care; technical competence

Chapter.  8198 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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