Does `doing Everything' Include CPR?
Carson, Ronald A.
Hastings Center Report. 1982 Oct; 12(5): 27-29.
Carson, a professor of medical humanities, and Siegler, a professor of internal medicine, comment on a case study involving a physician's decision not to resuscitate an acutely ill, 90-year-old patient who suffered an unwitnessed cardiac arrest. The use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation had not been discussed previously with the patient or his wife, who had asked the physician to do everything possible for her husband. Carson asserts that the doctor, while benevolently motivated, erred in withholding treatment from the elderly man. Siegler argues that the physician acted properly and that CPR would have been futile, perhaps even unethical, in this situation. (KIE abstract)
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