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Medical Surrogates May Pay Emotional Price for Crisis Decisions
Date:3/1/2011

"I think these conversations become difficult when they're personalized," Wendler said. "If it's triggered independently . . . it can ease people's way into it. Having these conversations can be a way to protect their loved ones."

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SOURCES: David Wendler, Ph.D., head, Unit on Vulnerable Populations, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Gisele Wolf-Klein, M.D., director, geriatric education, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; March 1, 2011, Annals of Internal Medicine


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