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Virtual Mentor. September 2006, Volume 8, Number 9: 555-638; C1-C3.

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September 2006 Contents

Humanist Approaches to Care at the End of Life

Ethics Poll

1. How much do you know about hospice?
I have never heard of it.
I've heard of it but do not know much about it.
I have a lay person's understanding of hospice and how it works.
I have direct personal or professional experience with hospice.

2. A primary care physician has an ethical responsibility to solicit information about a patient's emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being and to acknowledge and attempt to treat suffering from these spheres that often accompanies physical illness.
Agree.
Disagree.

3. CPR has been widely misused to restart the hearts of terminally ill patients who do not survive their underlying illness long enough to leave the hospital after CPR.
It is unethical for physicians to perform CPR on patients such as these when the intervention is not expected to improve or palliate the disease(s) from which they are dying.
It is unethical not to perform CPR on patients such as these, despite physician consensus that it will not improve or palliate the disease(s) from which they are dying.

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From the Editor

Compassionate Care at the End of Life
Tom LeBlanc
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:557-558.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Discussing Code Status with Patients and Their Families
Commentary by Lorraine M. Stone and James A. Tulsky
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:559-563.

Communication Failure in the ICU
Commentary by Diane E. Meier
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:564-570.

When Doctors Disagree
Commentary by David J. Casarett
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:571-576.

Myths and Misconceptions about Palliative Sedation
Commentary by Timothy E. Quill
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:577-581.

Journal Discussion

CPR--Is It Always an Appropriate Option?
Tom LeBlanc
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:586-589.

Medical Education

Taking Your Communication Skills to the Next Level
Anthony L. Back and Robert M. Arnold
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:582-585.

Clinical Pearl

Causes, Clinical Manifestations, and Treatment of Fat Embolism
Sarah Maitre
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:590-592.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

The Evolution of Surrogates' Right to Terminate Life-Sustaining Treatment
Matthew Stonecipher
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:593-598.

Policy Forum

Should Cost Be a Consideration in Palliative Care?
Maria J. Silveria
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:599-601.

Why Physicians Avoid Straight Talk about CPR
VM interview with Leslie J. Blackhall
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:602-608.

Medicine and Society

Dying Well in America: What Is Required of Physicians?
Richard Payne
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:609-612.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Racial Disparities in Hospice: Moving from Analysis to Intervention
Ramona L. Rhodes
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:613-616.

Suffering under the Auspices of Contemporary Medicine
Rashmi Kudesia
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:617-621.

Correspondence

Commercial Labs Offer High Quality Services
Herman Hurwitz
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:C1-C3.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Humanities

An Evening on the Hospice Unit
Allison Grady
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:622-627.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:628-635.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:636-638.