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July 16, 2008

Physicians’ Duty to Participate in Pandemic Care

JAMA. 2008;300(3):284. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.32

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Mr Coleman and Dr Reis1 discussed current state legislation mandating physician participation in pandemic care. I believe that ethical analysis of this issue has been relatively abstract because the duty of physicians to take personal risk is poorly defined, the risk involved in providing pandemic care is unknown, and the willingness of physicians to participate in hazardous care has not been ascertained.