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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 792--796

Good Death in Neurological Practice


Department of Telemedicine, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Krishnan Ganapathy
Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, C/O, Apollo Main Hospital, No. 21, Greams Lane, Off Greams Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.325314

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Background: Clinicians in neurological practice, particularly surgeons, encounter more deaths than most other specialists. Objective: This communication reviews the literature on “good death” and extrapolates the observations and inferences to neurological practice. Changes in approaches to “good death” in the COVID-19 era (coronavirus disease 2019) are also discussed. Materials and Methods: The author, over a 40-year period, has come across 2,500 deaths in a government, trust, and corporate hospital in Chennai, India. Retrospectively, the author questions if, in spite of his conservatism and obsession with quality of life, he should have taken proactive measures to also ensure a good quality of death. Results and Conclusion: In the background of the lessons learned in a metro, across various socioeconomic groups and with varied access to technology, the author concludes that ensuring “good death” should also fall within the domain of neurologic practice.






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