We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Physicians, like clergy, are more comfortable with terminal illness and death than others. Routine proximity to death and dying makes it feel natural and normal instead of a great enemy. From the WSJ'sWhy Doctors Die Differently - Careers in medicine have taught them the limits of treatment and the need to plan for the end:
Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. It was diagnosed as pancreatic cancer by one of the best surgeons in the country, who had developed a procedure that could triple a patient's five-year-survival odds—from 5% to 15%—albeit with a poor quality of life.
What's unusual about doctors is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. Charlie, 68 years old, was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice and never set foot in a hospital again.
It's a rare doc who elects heroic and torturous treatments for his own terminal ailment.
The actions of an individual don't make a point....
My father was in a local nursing facility for about 9 months. There was a local Dr. that did rounds every 3 to 5 days. He was very knowledgeable in the things which would Kill Old folks. He contracted ALS via whatever means while father was in his last days. Shortly after my fathers passing the Dr. retired. Shortly (6 months or so) the Dr died. No one outside the family will know for certain, but I am sure that having seen the progression of ALS, he chose to allow pneumonia or some such thing to do it's due.