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ZDoggMD (Dr Zubin Damania), once a hospitalist, now a primary care revolutionary with his Turntable Health project, has always made hilarious videos about life as a physician, the patients we see, and the culture of medicine.
Below is his most poignant piece, revealing the difficulties of end-of-life conversations and medical futility both from the patient and the physician perspective. It's not corny or cheesy. It is bang-on.
"Ain't the Way to Die" (a parody of Love the Way You Lie, by Eminem and Rihanna) is so scarily accurate. The same problems he sings about are what I wrote about in "I QUIT! Will the law force us to provide futile, harmful care?"
I have not quit medicine, probably because there are people out there like Dr Damania who understand exactly what it's like to be asked to prolong someone's suffering.
I've never been able to relate to the angst expressed in a rap before, I guess because I don't have a lot of angst. But this video takes the words right out of my mouth, highlights all the heavy-sigh moments of these conversations - it's time to call the family, the relative in another country who says "he'll wake up," or the conflict in the family between ones who know he would not want to be a vegetable and the others who are holding on out of guilt or fear.
The vent-bucking sounds and monitor bleeps incorporated into the end of the song squeeze the adrenals.
4 minutes could not be better spent.