Abstract

This paper discusses the inevitable ambiguity of the language that we use to describe events that are rare and emotionally devastating. A search for precision in such circumstances may distract from more important issues. Neither families nor doctors need more precise language. Instead, they need more trust, more emotional transparency, and a recognition by doctors of the tragic nature of the decision they face.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 390-399
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-25
Open Access
No
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