Today’s Quote

DrMurry“Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple a patient’s five-year-survival odds—from 5 percent to 15 percent—albeit with a poor quality of life. Charlie was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice, and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with family and feeling as good as possible. Several months later, he died at home. He got no chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical treatment. Medicare didn’t spend much on him.”

Ken Murray, How Doctors Die, The Best American Essays, 2012

Originally published in Zocalo Public Square

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2 Responses to Today’s Quote

  1. Sue R. says:

    Very powerful.

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks for the comment, Sue. It was nice to see you last Friday. I plan to show up at the dance again on the 18th and hope to see you again then. Meanwhile, do you have any pictures from the “Sadie Hawken’s” dance? I’m curious to see that hair style . . .

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