MEDICAL PROGNOSIS: Why Do Doctors Dread Mortality Questions?
"Doctor, how long do I have to live?" Our mortality is an inevitable fact of life. So why does this question make doctors want to run and hide? California Healthline's Jeff Stryker discusses the art and science of prognostication with physician and scholar Nicholas Christakis, author of Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
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