|Dealing with Death & Dying
in Medical Education and Practice
© 2001 Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
AMSA Convention March 30, 2001
Being with a Dying Person
Not every patient can be saved,
but his illness may be eased by the way the doctor responds to himÖHe has
little to lose and every-thing to gain by letting the sick man into his
Analtole Broyard, Intoxicated by My IllnessTo begin to relieve a patientís suffering, the physician must have thoroughly explored the patientís unique experience of pain and the meaning of the loss.
Quill and Townsend, Arch Intern Med. 1991To understand any living thing, you must creep within and feel the beating of its heart.
W. Macneile DixonWe experience intimacy not by sharing words, but by sharing the silence.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MDLearn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Be yourself and relate person to person.
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
Journey of Hearts, www.journeyofhearts.org