Lessons of Impermanence

“As a palliative care doctor, I spend much of my time face-to-face with pain and suffering, debilitating disease and death. When I began my training, I thought I was comfortable with the idea of mortality, and with the notion that fighting death at all costs wasn’t the sole purpose of medicine. But I hadn’t expected that the type of medicine I’d chosen to practice would require a strength and perspective that medical training hadn’t offered. It was a chance encounter with a sand painting that helped me learn how to doctor patients I knew I would lose.” Sunita Puri, author of “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour” shares more.