Palliative care through the lens of a medical student

Dominique S Schell
Med J Aust 2023; 218 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51805
Published online: 20 February 2023

From fearing death as a paediatric patient to confronting it as a training doctor

Life is continual creation, ie, the formation of new, higher forms … When existing forms are destroyed, this only means a new form is taking shape, invisible to us. We see what is outside us, but we don't see what is within us … A caterpillar sees itself shrivel up, but doesn't see the butterfly which flies out of it.1

  • Flinders University, Adelaide, SA



I thank Sherina Mubiru for her support and encouragement during the writing of the manuscript.

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  • 1. Tolstoy L. Last steps: the late writings of Leo Tolstoy. London: Penguin Classics, 2009; p 374.


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