Sallyann M. Bowman, MD
To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Dr. Wachter and colleagues (1) on housestaff decisions concerning do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders for patients with different diseases and similar prognoses. I concur with all the conclusions but wish that their study had examined two other potential variables influencing the decision to approach a patient concerning a DNR order: namely, the attitude of the attending physician toward the disease entity and physicians' own fears concerning exposure to infection.
Having supervised house officers in a major metropolitan teaching program for the last 9 years, I have observed that attending physicians hold great
Bowman SM. Resuscitation Orders. Ann Intern Med. ;111:1046. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-12-1046_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(12):1046.
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