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Article
December 28, 1984

Gender of Companions

Author Affiliations

Santa Monica, Calif

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3365. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240015015
Abstract

To the Editor.—  I am struck by the letter of Richard F. Herndon, MD,1 concerning companions.Except for a passing reference to a grown daughter or son, all examples of companions given are female. This corresponds to my own observations.I agree with Dr Herndon that the companion is almost always relevant, has an influence on care, and should be catered to.However, I do not understand how Dr Herndon asks the companion "why he came."

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