What do you do with the fact that doctors are not prophetic? “M.D. does not stand for ‘Master of Deity,’” quips Dr. Scott B. Rae, Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. A physician and her team often have a front row seat to a patient’s decline and have a very realistic perspective on what’s going to happen. “But generally they are communicating something slightly different to the family, in the interest of being encouraging and optimistic and as upbeat as they can.” The unfortunate result is that the family can be caught off guard by complications and bad news. “They haven’t been prepared for the kind of decisions that they’re about to make.”
From The Justice Conference 2012.