When Doctors are Patients

Posted on February 15, 2012 by


Patients given a diagnosis of terminal cancer often want to “do everything.” Doctors and other medical professionals, however, rarely choose this path. Martin Scurr explains his reasoning in an essay in the Daily Mail:

Should I discover tomorrow that I have advanced, life-threatening cancer, I won’t go rushing to the doctors for a heavily invasive course of medical treatment. No, I will shut up my London surgery, head to my home in Norfolk, stock up on gin and tonic and have a jolly good time until I meet my end.

Like most doctors, I understand that much of the care we offer patients who have serious, life-threatening illnesses is ultimately futile.