To the Editor:. Even if a person diligently fills out a detailed document specifying advance directives for medical care, many of the choices made may be very poor ones and probably should not be honored. In the study by Danis et al. (March 28 issue),1 19 percent of the patients stated they would want cardiopulmonary resuscitation even if they were permanently unconscious, and in the paper by Emanuel et al. in the same issue,2 10 percent of those surveyed said they would want cardiopulmonary resuscitation even if they were in a persistent vegetative state. One wonders whether the patients.
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