Slow Code

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Slow Code

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An anthropologist hired by a hospital questions whether he should record instances of "slow codes" in hospitals, whereby resident doctors were deciding in effect which patients to resuscitate or not. Recording this information has the potential to damage the career prospects of the doctors with whom the anthropologist is embedded. the anthropologist is unsure whether he owes loyalty to his research subjects or the maangement company that has hired him. He is unclear about which cohort are his research subjects.

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