First do no harm paper

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Book Review First, Do No Harm By: Lisa Belkin Year of publication: 1993 Published in: USA by Fawcett Books Pages: 339 ISBN: 044922290X First, Do No Harm by Lisa Belkin is a dramatic story of real doctors, patients, families, and hospital administrators who must ask and ultimately answer the most profound and heart- rending questions about life and death. Belkin gives a backstage view of a few accounts where the doctors, families, and patients must make impossible choices about life. Belkin talks about a young boy who was born with Hirschsprung’s Disease, a disease of the digestive tract, and is kept alive through tremendous surgeries, agonizing hospital stays where he spent at least half of his life, and uncomfortable procedures. Many times throughout his frequent hospital stays doctors and nurses wondered when to draw the line and what they should do, if they should do anything at all. Knowing that they would not cure his disease they continued to do procedures and keep him alive for fifteen years when he was only expected to live a few months. And every time they performed surgery on Patrick the staff would agree that it was the last time, yet it continued over those fifteen years, until one day he finally said, “I want a needle to stick in my
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course SOC 434 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Winona.

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