Hektoen International

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Tag: Why not let her go gently into that good night?

  • Why not let her go gently into that good night?

    Victoria Lim Iowa City, Iowa, United States    Old woman dozing (1656) Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) One early morning I was paged to see an eighty-five-year-old patient in the dialysis unit with low blood pressure. I learned that she had diabetes, hypertension, and diffuse atherosclerosis. In the past decade she had undergone four major surgeries for…