H. THOMAS FOLEY, M.D., J.D.
To the editor: Before the policies by Miles and associates (1) become bylaws or rules and regulations of hospitals other than theirs, thereby permitting third parties (such as administrators and committees) to intrude into doctor-patient relationships in those hospitals, I would like to object strongly to the guideline applying to the irreversibly and terminally ill patient whose family objects to an otherwise medically proper do-not-resuscitate order. In that case, the authors' guideline states: "a do-not-resuscitate order will not be implemented." In other words, family members have veto power over the clinician's medical conclusion that the patient's best interest is to
FOLEY HT. The Do-Not-Resuscitate Order in a Teaching Hospital. Ann Intern Med. ;97:456–457. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-456_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):456-457.
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