DAVID BAR-OR, M.D.
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To the editor: I read with interest the article on the do-not-resuscitate order (1), and there are a few points I would like to raise.
The word policy—even in its broadest and most lenient sense—seems inappropriate. The word suggests a rigid framework that cannot yield to the needs of both patients and physicians. General guidelines that can be adapted to the changing circumstances would serve better.
The author's statement, "Do-not-resuscitate orders are compatible to maximal therapeutic care," is unrealistic. The issue of resuscitation usually is raised in cases of terminally ill patients where maximum therapeutic care will only prolong suffering.
BAR-OR D. The Do-Not-Resuscitate Order. Ann Intern Med. ;97:280. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-2-280
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(2):280.
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