Category Archives: Palliative Medicine

“TRICK or TREAT”


As Halloween looms, I’m reflecting, metaphorically, on what occurs in healthcare everyday, particulary as it relates to the management of patients with advanced illness. With over 50% of our healthcare expenditures occuring in the last few months of patients’s lives, … Continue reading

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DON’T Euthanate – PALLIATE !!!


It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are seldom offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only).  Instead, patients are being paternalistically forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until their … Continue reading

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Read our most recent publication in MEDICAL TEACHER


Restoring prognosis as a core competency in medical practice V Maida, PM Cheon – Medical Teacher, 2014 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/0142159X.2013.875620

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The DEMON in the DEEMING


A cliche excessively used by physicians relates to “DEEMING patients palliative”. To “deem” is to consider, hold an opinion, believe, think or regard. A classic example of medical paternalism occurs when physicians “deem” a particular patient as being “palliative”. This expression is not … Continue reading

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Don’t Euthanate, PALLIATE !!!


It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are seldom offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only).  Instead, patients are being paternalistically forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until their … Continue reading

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Early adoption of Palliative Care, NOT Euthanasia, is the way to achieve “Dying with Dignity”


It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are not even offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only) and are forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until … Continue reading

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Deathless models of aging


Read my most recent publication in the CMAJ on “Deathless models of aging: Time to reform CanMEDS”   http://www.cmaj.ca/content/185/9/751/reply#cmaj_el_716380

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WOUNDS – The Hidden Epidemic !!!


Check out the March edition of Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care for a comprehensive series of articles on Wound Management that I was invited to edit. Patients with advanced illness represent the cohort within healthcare with the highest … Continue reading

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Lessons from El Salvador – Humane Medicine 101


I’m presently volunteering at an orphanage for disabled children within the mountains of El Salvador. I’m part of a benevolent Italian-Canadian RC church group from the greater Toronto area. This orphanage has continued to flourish largely to the dedication and leadership by our … Continue reading

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Check out the March 2013-Current Opinion In Supportive & Palliative Care


I edited the special edition on Wound Management in Patients with Advanced Illness. http://journals.lww.com/co-supportiveandpalliativecare/Fulltext/2013/03000/Editorial_introductions.1.aspx

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