Robert H. Harris, MD
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Harris RH. Whose Death Is It, Anyway. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:586. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-7-199704010-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(7):586.
TO THE EDITOR:
Numerous articles, such as Dr. Hansot's essay  and the accompanying article by Gilligan and Raffin , imply that there is almost an epidemic of helpless patients being kept alive in agony by heartless, mechanistic physicians. I am perplexed, however, because my own experiences tell me otherwise.
For every patient, or patient's family, who requests withdrawal of life support, I encounter 10 who do the opposite, who adamantly insist that “everything be done,” even when I and other physicians advise that such measures are futile and serve only to increase and prolong suffering.
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