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Mishaps in clinical communication often stem from false assumptions. When communicating with patients I’ve learned that nothing can be taken for granted because what we assume is common knowledge may in fact not be so common.
Having learned so much about the sequela of disease in my years of medical school, I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me when I eventually had to not only take care of a patient at the foot of death’s door, but also to help her and her family deal with her transition “to the other side.”