A Good Death?
- In Referral to previous postings of:
SUPERLONGEVITY (bafuture index 3038,3133,3135,3136)
and "THE FUTURE OF DEATH (bafuture index 3194).
OTHER REFERRAL: Well, DEATH is part of the future, isn't it? Hee hee!
FROM : JOSCHKA FISCHER
No matter how advanced the medical ability to prolong life, providing the "Good
Deathbed": allowing a terminal patient to leave the hospital and return home, to die,
is part of the MD's retinue.
When I was 7 years of age I was sent home under the same conditions: being allowed
to die at home.
Then this illegal immigrant, North Korean woman, neighboor (who's later intent was
kidnapping me from my biologicals..that's another story!) showed up with a
concoction of Chinese & Korean herbs. She kept vigil over me for 3 nights!
They tore-up the death certificate 5 days later and the interns & MDs traversed the
miles from hospital to our house (some in their own cars!) as part of Medical Grand
Rounds to view the "unbelievable recovery."
Dr. Shore, was one of those old country, and wartime MDs - come to the city to
practice He'd seen everything. He'd occassionally come over the house for cards,
dinner etc.... You know the ones that could just look at you, palpate, maybe do a sed-
rate and 95% accuracy in knowing what's wrong with ya?
Well, We had a virtual daily Grand Rounds coming into 41 State St. At Clara Hospital
Dr. Shore was Master & Commander. He eventually stopped the processions, but it
was a good month later!
The N. Korean woman refused to talk to any of the MD's, however. Much in the same
way Massai doctors ( all women) never talk to Westerners about their practices.
Somewhere, afterhours at a bar-casino, late into the morning. Death is gettin' drunk
talkin' & slurin' to a bartender - serving the last legal drug and chanting the lyrics to
Tom Wait's: "The one that got away!"
East Orange, NJ. circa the early '60s :)
Lyrics to Tom Wait's The one that got away.
== OK back to the citation!
A Good Death
Brigitte C. Beuks1, Aafke C. Nijhof1, John H. J. M. Meertens1, Jack J. M. Ligtenberg1,
Jaap E. Tulleken1 and Jan G. Zijlstra1
Intensive and Respiratory Care, Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical
Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The
Received: 6 February 2006 Accepted: 6 February 2006 Published online: 25 February
We describe the cases of two patients discharged home directly from the ICU. Both
patients had the strong wish to die at home after being told that there were no
therapeutic options. Sometimes discharge is feasible and can mean very much for
patients and their family. Taking measures to ensure a "good deathbed" is an
obligation for doctors and nursing staff. However, due to the focus on cure this
palliative goal is not always pursued.