A fascinating piece came to my attention this morning on the subject of how doctors face death.
It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.
The rest of the article is a great excavation of the reasons they choose deaths with peace rather than seek every treatment possible. It is eye opening.