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The Bitter End


We turn to doctors for help. They heal us, repair us, and generally help keep us healthy. But when it comes to the question of what to do when death is at hand, doctors say one thing to us and do another for themselves. 90% of Doctors, for example, do not want CPR.

A huge gap exists between what doctors and patients expect from life-saving interventions. If you watch all of the ER drama’s on TV, about 75% of patients recover from CPR. The actual percent is only 8 and in fact it’s worse than that. Only about 3% have a good outcome.

Radiolab explores this subject in more detail.

Still curious? Listen to the Maurice Sendak interview referenced late in the show.