I was reading a biography of Oscar Hammerstein. While still a relatively young man (60-ish, I think) he developed terminal stomach cancer. His docs figured he had about six months to live. They conferred with his family and decided not to tell him. He eventually figured out he was dying just a couple weeks before the end.
– Does this sort of thing still happen? Do docs still withhold bad news from patients “for their own good”? I’m talking about adult patients with clear minds, like Hammerstein, not people with diminished mental capacity. It seems totally at odds with the idea that people have a right to make decisions about their own lives.
– If it doesn’t still happen, when and why did things change?