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Stop Futile Treatment – Be Surgeons, Not Sissies

At a recent panel discussion on geriatric medicine at Westmead Hospital (in Sydney) several leading specialists agreed doctors should be “surgeons not sissies” and objectively evaluate the prospects of successful treatment.

One surgeon, Henry Pleass, remarked:  “I work quite closely with physicians in renal transplantation and I’m amazed sometimes these people are still being dialysed. . . .  I think: ‘Why on earth are they doing that?’ because they are dialysing a corpse, so to speak.”

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