ROBERT L. DICKMAN, M.D.
To the editor: It is certainly true that those of us who worry about the health care of elderly can, at times, suffer from missionary zeal in our attempts to seek converts. It is also true that the intergenerational competition for scarce medical resources is a serious dilemma facing our health care system. Nevertheless, Hanauer's recent letter (1) cannot go unchallenged.
Hanauer would have us believe that deciding on no or minimal treatment for the chronic demented patient will help send kids to camp or encourage them to read. At the very least, such an assumption is naive. Further, it
DICKMAN RL. Geriatric Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;96:121. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-1-121_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(1):121.
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