The Null Device

A study in the British Medical Journal reveals that terminally ill patients and their doctors systematically delude themselves of their prospects, going as far as to make plans for the future, and that their doctors collude with them in this.

False optimism often ends in regret as patients suddenly recognise that they are close to death, and felt they did not have enough time to say their goodbyes or make final preparations.

A sign of an unhealthy attitude of denial to death, prevalent in modern Western culture.

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