Medicine: Do You Want To Die?

The crisis in emergency care is taking its toll on doctors, nurses -- and patients

"We do traumas; we do heart attacks; we do orthopedic fractures; we deliver babies; we do it all," explains Peter Moyer, chief of emergency medicine at Boston City Hospital. "I think of us as the urban GP." Tonight Moyer's trauma team is summoned to save a man who has overdosed on heroin. They cut his clothes away, thump on his chest and connect an IV tube, all the while talking to him, trying to keep him awake. "Do you want to die?" resident Stuart Kessler yells at the man, who is feebly pushing the doctors away. The man shakes his head....

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