Moral Distress in Neurosurgery

August 15, 2019

(New York Times) – I go with my gut when deciding whether or not to operate, but always, in the back of my mind, the circumstances stir up doubt. What if I’m wrong? Is it in the patient’s best interest to put him through surgery if the chance of meaningful recovery is vanishingly small? Yet, not taking this chance guarantees his death. The choice is laced with conflict and we make it on our own, often under intense time pressure because of the emergent nature of the crisis.

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