PATRICK J. ROONEY
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To the editor: A recent editorial in the "Annals" on chronic hepatitis (1) and subsequent correspondence (2, 3), raise a fundamental ethical problem facing the medical profession today that involves deciding whether or not to treat asymptomatic disease when the natural history of such disease is unknown.
No one would deny patients with symptoms referable to chronic active hepatitis the proper therapy. However, what is to be done with the asymptomatic subject discovered during unrelated investigation? This problem has obviously troubled Dr. DeFord (2), and the statement by Drs. Henley and Appelman (3) that therapy for all such patients is
ROONEY PJ. Chronic Hepatitis: Therapy. Ann Intern Med. ;84:101. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-1-101
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(1):101.
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