Robert V. Brody a1 a1 Robert V. Brody, M.D., is Chief of the Pain
Consultation Clinic and Chair of the Ethics Committee at San Francisco
General Hospital, California. He is also Clinical Professor of Medicine
and Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San
All treatments, even those labeled as supportive, have burdens as
well as benefits. Patients and their surrogates have the right to
finally decide whether the offered treatment's cost-benefit
calculation is acceptable.