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May 1, 1967

How to Give Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation Without Becoming Emotionally Involved

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Dayton, Ohio

JAMA. 1967;200(5):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120180108029

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To the Editor:—  Too much emotional involvement with patients is bad medicine. We are taught this as students, and ethics dictate this in medical practice. The physician should treat his own family only when no other physician is available or when the malady is a minor one, because of his emotional involvement. It is supposed that the best decision can be made only when no emotions are involved.Objectivity is the byword. Reports are analyzed for objective findings, and the larger body of statistics available makes for a more objective opinion, ie, a better one. When deciding about a mode of therapy for a patient, we should make an objective judgement, presumably a better one. At no time should emotions sway us, for this is best for the patient.But is it?I saw a colleague of mine caring for a young man who was severely burned. He managed his