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    Murray

    Dr. Chen,

    I read with interest your article in the NYT "Do You Know What Your Doctor is Talking About?" While communication between Doctor and patient is critical in care, when I read the description of Jake, it struck me that he may have understood exactly what the instructions were, but that he wanted to die instead of live.

    Implicit in the discussion of communication was the assumption that patients want to live. What happens when they would prefer to die? How would this change communication?

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