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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

Hey, Doc, How Much Longer Am I Going to Live?

The question in the title is one that patients commonly express these days. This certainly is a change in outlook compared with attitudes present when I was a resident more than 40 years ago. At that distant time, patients and family were often fearful of asking this question because they expected the stereotypical response, “You […]

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The Immortality Myth

Dismissing the Immortality Myth: Improving Care and Incidentally Reducing Costs Is our “death evasion fantasy” driving up health care costs? Check out this provocative commentary from our May 2013 issue. -Ed. A major driver of health care costs that seems to be off limits for any discussion is the American trait of denying death, with […]

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