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Despite the outpouring of opinion in latter years on death and dying, this is the first objective examination of what physicians think they do and what they actually do with the desperately sick. Diana Crane, a sociologist, in reporting her findings and recommendations, is consistently uncritical of our motives and decisions even when we are inconsistent by and among ourselves. Possessing the means to maintain biologic life, physicians conscientiously depart from the rule to do so at any cost and without exception. The author's prime interest is to discover operational criteria of our decisions to do less than we could
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The Sanctity of Social Life: Physicians' Treatment of Critically III Patients.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:695–696. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-695_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(5):695-696.
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