ETHICAL PROBLEMS: Blessing in disguise?

October 2005 
Volume 35  Number 10
Pages 66 - 67
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Recently, I cared for a 71-year-old patient being treated for an extensive acute myocardial infarction who needed immediate cardiac bypass graft surgery. After discussing his options with the surgeon, he refused surgery or any other invasive treatment. He was alert and competent to do so; no one disputed that.

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