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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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Epilogue: All About My Brother

Epilogue: All About My Brother

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(p.224) Epilogue: All About My Brother
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0015

This chapter relates the author's experience in dealing with the death of his own brother, Don. As an end-of-life care professional, the author served as the translator of Don's conditions to his family and friends and as one of the key decision makers. The family had very limited conditions in Don's case, which included withdrawing life-sustaining therapy and exploring organ donation. The chapter also highlights the author's realization from this experience that humanistic care starts with technical competence.

Keywords:   death, end of life, life-sustaining therapy, organ donation, humanistic care, technical competence

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