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298 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by lowalexander

Do you think the worst part of being a doctor is telling someone that they are going to die?


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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/2/02 - 2:10:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a toss-up between that and telling the family of someone who died under your care.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/2/02 - 2:11:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
The worst part is actually killing them.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/4/02 - 8:12:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
this question was posted on my birthday. *dances*
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/4/02 - 8:13:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would imagine so... especially for pediatricians...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 8:56:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not quite as bad as telling the parents of a child who was in an accident that the child had died...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 9:05:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
or watching them actually do so..again,especially kids.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 2:06:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, but I bet telling people they are going to live outweighs that :)
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 8:26:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's telling the family members.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 8:28:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
my mom's a visiting nurse. does home health care. she's always sad when a patient dies, fortunatly, most of the time they know their terminal.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 9:14:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I also think that the worst thing would be having a child die in your care and then having to tell the parents. That's the part that I would dread the most.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 10:01:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
no i think it would have to be giving fat people enemas
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 10:03:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
are you kidding me?thats where all the fun is
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 10:14:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think the worst part would actually be having them die in your care or under your scalpel.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 11:35:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, Most docs I know are heartless while working, they have enough stress without adding to it. Why else do you see them just turn and walk away after telling family or friends that someone died.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 11:44:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would suck, a lot. Seeing so many people die and stuff. Oi, I don't think I could do that. I either get really emotional, or I get really weird (I laughed when Neil died in "Dead Poet's Society"). So, I would be terrible at that.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/15/03 - 11:45:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not the nicest thing to have to tell, but its all part of the job, someone has to do it.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 2/22/03 - 12:17:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
awhat about when you screw up and kill em?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 3/1/03 - 1:11:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
i agree with swim, i think that the worst thing for a doctor would be to have someone on the operating table and having them die because you couldn't do your job well enough
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 10:36:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I do not think that I have ever heard of a Dr. doing that...usually they say something like: I think I can help you. which can mean anything. Modern Doctors do not sit with their patients while they are dieing...I have watched several people die...it is not unpleasant if they are a Christian, there is a sense of peace in the room when they do finally "go"
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 11:05:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would think it would be harder asking that patient (or his family) for permission to harvest his organs after you tell him he's going to die.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/03 - 3:00:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
it would be bad, but so would watching a member of their family suffer and not be allowed to do anything.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/26/03 - 3:11:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, the worst part of being a doctor is often the same as the worst part of being a nurse...there being absolutely nothing you can do about something. We get used to telling families about impending death or when it has occured, the hard part is being helpless or having nothing you can do for the family.



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