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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health by M.D. Shawn D. Glisson, Esq. Wynne A. Whitman

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Chapter 9. Medical-Legal Wills: Directives, Definitions, and Discussions

If you were hooked up to a machine because you couldn’t breathe on your own, and you had no hope of recovering, would you want to keep living? It’s a terrible scenario to envision, but it could happen. And if it did, you’d want to be sure that your wishes were known and carried out. Even Kramer from Seinfeld understood the importance of a trustworthy person to represent him. In one episode, after asking Elaine to be the one to “pull the plug,” Kramer announced that he wanted “someone tough” to make the hard decisions. Although we chuckled at Kramer’s antics, his thought process was nothing to laugh at: Determining your wants and wishes at the end of life and choosing the ...

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