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Atul Gawande: End-of-life counseling improves — and even extends — lives

End-of-life planning is not only difficult for patients, it’s difficult for doctors as well. One physician who’s given it a great deal of thought is Atul Gawande,  a much respected surgeon who’s also a writer for The New Yorker. Dr. Gawande wrote “Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save Your Life?” Correspondent Shoshana Guy traveled to Boston to sit down with him. They also discussed efforts to lower health care costs in a web-exclusive interview.

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