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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Being a patient: hope

The New York Times has an article on hope published today in their ongoing "Being a patient" series. It tries to describe the pitfalls and perils of both "false hopelessness" as well as "false hope." It's journalistic, showing "both sides of the story," and--inevitably--quotes Emily Dickinson. But it does capture pretty well what many of us confront daily.

Dr. Eric Cassell
gives a good quote:
[Patients do not need] false hope that is personified in useless therapy with nontherapeutic effect.

(Typically, NY Times articles are only available--with free online registration--for about a week. Otherwise you need a pay NY Times Select subscription. If you're reading this in January, & really want this article, let me know.)

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