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When should "everything" be done?

John Trahanas' gripping account of a conversation with his patient's wife is worth reading:

She did not agree, didn't want to talk about it. She was not being cooperative. The team thought it might be because she simply did not understand. Perhaps if someone could explain our reasoning to her in her own language, then she would be more receptive. "Hey John, you speak Greek, right?" Sure, I thought. True, I didn't know medical terms, but I was fluent. I'll just explain to her that this was the worse place for him to be, that we could only make him worse while he was here in the hospital. It made sense, we just needed to explain it to her.

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