The Physician's Responsibility toward Hopelessly Ill Patients

Duncan S. Maclean, Ronald Anderson, Max J. Coppes, Ulrich Rappen, Richard E. George, John P. Dormans, Melanie Ann Kirby, Diana Mills-Tettey, Joseph Kapelushnik, Abdullah Alherbish, Hatem Khammash, Francisco Bravo, Michael Shields, Peter Wilson, Isabelle Robieux, Marjorie Pawling Kaplan, Patrice M. O'connor, Harold Rosen, Sally W. Greer, James R. BoyceFrances A. Graves, Geoffrey Modest, Frank J. Brescia, Michael J. Brescia, James E. Cimino, Carlos F. Gomez, Joanne Lynn, Sanford A. Marcus, Michael D. Boehm, Sidney H. Wanzer, Daniel D. Federman, James Adelstein, Christine K. Cassel, Edwin H. Cassem, Ronald E. Cranford, Edward W. Hook, Bernard lo, Charles G. Moertel, Peter Safar, Alan Stone, Jan Van Eys

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Abstract

To the Editor: Wanzer and colleagues' thorough review of the physician's responsibility toward dying patients (March 30 issue)1 could have been even more helpful in two ways. First, it could have explicitly acknowledged that it is not chiefly the technical aspects of caring for the dying patient that “tax the ingenuity and equanimity of the most skilled health professionals.” Rather, it is the existential aspects, because they impinge on the physician as a person, not just as a professional in a social role. The white-coated professional technician is challenged to formulate prognoses with sometimes ambiguous data, to adjust constantly the…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-978
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume321
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Oct 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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