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Alex Smith

This is a compelling, eloquent, and thoughtful post. The Samuel Johnson quote and Flying Dutchman analogy are spot on. Just today, one of my mentors - Mike Rabow - said that cancer forces people to confront issues they have spent their whole life trying to evade. I think the same can be said of progressive frailty.

Andy Billings once said that he loves the psychosocial aspects of palliative care, precisely because they are infinitely complex. When you layer on cultural differences (can one put the words "good" and "death" together in Chinese culture), emerging technologies (we can keep someone alive a little longer every day), and other factors such as religiousness, the phantom nature of hospice for many patients -- always just over the horizon -- is easier to understand.

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