Some even want to give up the decisions on end of life care to the bean counters. If we do this, we are lost. We have to be comfortable discussing these issues with our patients and helping them come to decisions that reflect their wishes. It has been my experience that most patients and families will do the right thing when given all the facts. Medical decisions belong with the doctor, the patient, and the family and no one else. It's never too expensive to do the right thing. Never.
By Hal Scherz and Richard Armstrong
In 1883, a tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, leaving 37 dead and 200 injured. William Worrell Mayo, already a prominent surgeon in the community, volunteered to oversee medical relief efforts along with son Will, a new medical school graduate, working with Mother Alfred Moes and her Sisters of Saint Francis to care for these unfortunates. In 1888, Mother Moes approached W.W. about opening a hospital, on the condition that he would run the medical practice, to which he agreed and the Mayo Clinic was created. Younger son, Charles was brought into the group to...
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