British medicine has lessons for North American medicineBMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1672 (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1672
- Kevin Stewart,
- Adrian Wagg,
- Mark Kinirons
- Consultant physician Newham General Hospital, London E13 8RU
- Senior registrar in geriatric medicine University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, London WC1E 6DB
- Lecturer Department of Medicine for the Elderly, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS
EDITOR,—The editorial on futility by Charles Weijer and Carl Elliott had a distinctly North American flavour, which will limit its relevance to British clinicians.1 We do not agree that withdrawing life supporting care from a patient in a persistent vegetative state presents a dilemma; it is common sense to us that such care is futile.
The context in which such decisions are made in North America, or in the United States at least, is …
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