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Having to think about the unthinkable
Los Angeles Times

“I could show you case after case,” said Dr. Neil S. Wenger. “I could bet you million-to-1 odds these patients would not want to be in this situation.”

He was talking about patients in critical condition who are “attached to machines, being kept alive” in hospitals, many of them suffering. A common reason for that, said Wenger, director of UCLA’s Health System Ethics Center, is that fewer than one-third of us make our healthcare wishes known in advance of critical illness or injury.

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