This article is quite interesting. He raises a valid point. Doctors in my experience, have a tendency to give people false hope. Sure its possible that it might give the person the boost they need to beat the odds against them but for the most part its cruel. I have been on my death bed on multiple occasions and each time the doctors lied to me about my prognosis and my treatment options.
I am not a child. I understand that I will die someday and I look forward to it for it will be a relief of sorts. But when doctors lie about the severity of your illness they rob you of time. Time to say good-bye to your loved ones and as a result makes the process of grieving that much more difficult for the ones left behind.