Dr. Burke loses a bypass patient in surgery but Dr. O’Malley had promised the patient’s family that he would be fine.

Season 1, Episode 1

1. Why might it be wrong to make hopeful promises to a patient?

2. Are there some cases in which it might be okay to make promises, and other situations where it isn’t? Or, should a doctor always refrain from making promises since every procedure carries some risk of failure?