As the Talmudic scholar Ben Azai said, "every man has his time." So for me, the question is not if or even when but, really, "how." My goal for patients is that when they leave the planet (believe it or not, not optional, a truth that has been lost on many Americans -- see chapter 19), they do so enjoying the things they love most -- family, golf, painting, theater, sex -- ideally up until the very last minute possible.
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from TREAT ME, NOT MY AGE Copyright © Mark Lachs, M.D. , 2010.