How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way

How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way

Dr. Elizabeth McKinley, right, at her home in suburban Cleveland, where she was receiving hospice care. With her was her sister Brent McKinley. Photo NYT

BRAVE. You hear that word a lot when people are sick. It’s all about the fight, the survival instinct, the courage. But when Dr. Elizabeth D. McKinley’s family and friends talk about bravery, it is not so much about the way Dr. McKinley, a 53-year-old internist from Cleveland, battled breast cancer for 17 years. It is about the courage she has shown in doing something so few of us are able to do: stop fighting.
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