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Editor's Correspondence
April 26, 2004

The Patient's Right to Faith

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(8):916. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.8.916-b

Brett and Jersild1 have highlighted an extremely difficult group of patients. The authors provide a useful analysis of religious reasons Christian families often use to justify continued treatment and correctly point out alternative theological stances. We also agree that physicians are not in any way obliged to provide medically inappropriate care because it is demanded on religious grounds.