Jeffrey T. Berger, MD
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To the Editors: In my experience as a resident, medical ethics is underemphasized in physician training. Once clinical training begins, there is essentially no guidance in dealing with ethical dilemmas. We stumble through these issues as they arise, often dealing with them by choosing not to deal with them. The simplest route (often perceived as the safest) is to do everything to and for everyone. Occasionally we are instructed to perform "slow codes" on the most hopeless of patients. The misapplication of medical therapy in these settings is not a result of poor medical judgment but of physician discomfort with
Berger JT. A Resident's View of Medical Ethics. Ann Intern Med. ;115:750. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-9-750
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(9):750.
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