J Med Ethics 1:18-21 doi:10.1136/jme.1.1.18
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Communicating with the dying

  1. J Michael Wilson
  1. Department of Theology, University of Birmingham


      Telling a patient that the outcome of his illness is not good, or even hopeless, requires sensitivity and the ability to communicate with him in the setting of a hospital which is an unnatural environment divorced from family and friends. It is a task which must be taught and learned by doctors and nurses.