the old man's friend

the old man's friend

Terminal care A popular term for pneumonia in elderly Pts with strokes or other debilitating illness, which allows them the dignity of a quiet death, often while asleep. See Euthanasia, Pneumonia.
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The Benevolent Doorman": because, growing up, I'd heard you say//"Pneumonia is the old man's friend.