This chapter discusses the coping mechanism of a terminally ill person which is denial. There are moments in the lives of many people when doctors feel obliged to give them bad news. No clear protocol exists about how to respond to this news, nor indeed about how to impart it. For most of the years of its terrifying dominance the burden of cure in tuberculosis lay heavily on the patient, and doctors were therefore well aware of the importance of psychological factors. Denial is usually temporary defense and soon will be replaced by partial acceptance.
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