Two minutes later, I was inside the door looking at a dead man. His family sat tearfully around the bedside.
“I’m so sorry,” my resident started. The wife looked up at him, nodding silently.
“I’m sorry to ask this, but I need to examine your husband one last time,” he continued. Would you mind waiting outside?”
I watched as the family filed out of the room, and we were left alone. As soon as the door clicked shut, my resident continued: “Anytime you pronounce someone, you examine them as you usually would, but make sure that you check at least two separate markers of neurological function--their pupils and their response to pain.”