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September 2002

The Lazarus Case: Life-and-Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care

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ABRAHAMBERGMANMD

 

by John D. Lantos, MD, 224 pp, $22.50, ISBN 0-8018-6762-2, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(9):948-949. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.9.948

Imagine you are a physician, distraught over the paths that your profession and the "clients" you serve have been channeled into for some time, and you come across the following:

It feels a little dirty to be participating in the malpractice system at all since I don't like the system, think the world would be better off without it, see the lawyers as parasites, and saw myself, then, as a parasite on a parasite.

And, further, this: "Until quite recently it was widely inferred that it was the doctor's moral obligation to decide what was best for the patient."

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