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Editor's Correspondence
April 26, 2004

Muslim and Jewish Perspectives on Inappropriate Treatment at the End of Life—Reply

Author Affiliations

Columbia, SC

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(8):916-917. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.8.917

In reply

We appreciate the response of Handzo and Jacobs to our article on conflicts between religious convictions and clinical judgment in end-of-life medical care.1 However, they have misrepresented our intent. For example, they refer to our position as "confronting the family" when in fact we explicitly stated that "the goal is exploration of alternatives, not confrontation."1(p1648) In addition, they state that we have underplayed the role of chaplains, when in fact we indicated repeatedly that involvement of chaplains or clergy is desirable.

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