Let’s Not Cure Old Age, Slow Medicine Says

As Dennis McCullough’s mother made the journey from being a vibrant, healthy 85-year-old to a critically ill 92-year-old, the Harvard-trained geriatrician found himself increasingly critical of her care.

Over and over, the well-intended medical professionals treating his mom advocated for more invasive, more aggressive treatment. They offered the best knowledge and drugs avail- able, all in their determination to cure her.

But she became less and less engaged in the fight to cure her of old age.

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