J. R. E.
The doctor has always had to make decisions about his patient who is threatened with death. Until recently, such decisions have been less crucial because he has had relatively little power to bring to bear on the issue. Now, for at least some of his patients, new knowledge and its tools—antibiotics, potent drugs, intravenous fluids, resuscitation apparatus, artificial and transplanted organs—enter into the decisions that affect the time and nature of the act of dying. In his efforts to preserve life and restore health, the physician sometimes may fail to give enough consideration to his other obligation, namely, to relieve
E. JR. When Do We Let the Patient Die?. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:695–700. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-3-695
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(3):695-700.
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