For a dying man, it is not a difficult decision because he knows he is at the end. If a lion chases you to the bank of a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap into the water, convinced you have a chance to swim to the other side.–Dr. Christaan BarnardMonday, April 6, 2009, late morning.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
a calculated quiet has fallen over the normally frenetic and noisy cardiac intensive care unit. Nurses stand in groups of two or three, speaking quietly. Others attend to their patients’ life-or-death concerns in slow and measured...