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Teaching rounds and the experience of death as a medical ethicist

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  • 1 In suggesting this I do not mean to suggest that medical professionals are sometimes emotionally distant or unavailable to their patients (though some may be). Instead, I wish to suggest that the experiences of death that many medical professionals have are markedly different from the experiences of death with which persons outside of medicine may be familiar.

  • 2 There are exceptions to this claim. Clinical ethicists working in cancer hospitals, for example, or medical ethicists who work with hospice organisations may be more immediately present to dying patients and their families.

  • Competing interests: None declared.