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Outcomes Are Poor for Hospitalized Elderly Patients

Hospitalization makes many seniors more ill

In general, we think of hospitals as places that provide good outcomes. We arrive sick and in need of care, and we leave with improved health or quality of life. But when older adults enter the hospital, these good outcomes are … Continue reading

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Do Partial DNRs Increase the Risk of Suffering?

Doctors warn patients that cherry-picking options might cause harm

More patients are taking control of their healthcare wishes than ever before, using advance directives to customize their end of life experiences. While this freedom of choice has given patients more power, doctors warn that some personalized options could do … Continue reading

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What is a Doctor’s Role in Advance Care Planning? An Interview with Dr. Karl Steinberg, MD: Part Two

A medical doctor discusses his passion for palliative and hospice care

Today SevenPonds concludes our discussion with Dr. Karl Steinberg, MD. about his two-decade medical practice focusing on palliative and hospice care. (Read Part One here.) Dr. Steinberg is the medical director of three nursing homes and Hospice by the Sea … Continue reading

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“When I told my doctor I couldn’t afford an operation, he offered to touch up my x-rays.”

- Henry Youngman
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Book Review: “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht

War and death are intertwined with mythical surrealism in this author's debut novel

When Téa Obreht wrote “The Tiger’s Wife,” she was a 25-year-old student studying at Cornell University. Born in Yugoslavia, Obreht was heavily influenced by the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. To escape from the conflict, her family left Yugoslavia for Egypt, then … Continue reading

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Pills Can’t Stop the Inevitable: The Candy Art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres

An artist shows his audience the futility of fighting death

The late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres was no stranger to the issue of mortality. In one of his works, he tackled the subject of death from the perspective of HIV/AIDS patients, depicting scenes of empty beds on billboards. Earlier in his … Continue reading

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