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June 5, 2013

Ethics of Parsimonious Medicine

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia (Dr Fleming); and American College of Physicians Center for Ethics and Professionalism, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Ms Snyder Sulmasy; lsnyder@acponline.org).

JAMA. 2013;309(21):2209-2210. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5570

To the Editor: We read with interest the Viewpoint by Drs Tilburt and Cassel1 on the ethics of parsimonious medicine vs rationing. We agree that parsimonious medical care should be distinguished from rationing and that parsimony is a virtue to which all physicians should strive in the practice of medicine.2

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