In the past 100 years, the advances in medical science and technology have shaped the health care delivery system in remarkable ways. The side effect of these advances has been a tendency to dehumanize the dying process, and consequently it has led to the rise of a specialty focused merely on bridging this gap in care. The public’s expectations of our legal, licensing, and medical education systems have also reflected this evolution in health care.
Philip Fung & Miguel Paniagua,
The Medicalization of End-of-Life Care: The Role of Health Professions Education,
St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol'y
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