Paul Rousseau, MD
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Rousseau P. Whose Death Is It, Anyway. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:585-586. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-7-199704010-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(7):585-586.
TO THE EDITOR:
The essay by Hansot  on the obstacles she confronted carrying out her mother's advance directive during a life-ending stay in an intensive care unit is disconcerting and frightening. The blatant disregard for a patient's advance directives, as illustrated in this case, is unjustifiable and intolerable, as are the ignominious communication skills of many attending physicians. Admittedly, there are two sides to every story, but the apparent paucity of basic communication skills exhibited by these physicians has, in my opinion, become more prevalent in this technological era of medical care.
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