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Stefan Timmermans. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999, $19.95, pp 256. ISBN 1-56639-716-2
Most emergency physicians will sometimes recognise a feeling of futility during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)—the algorithm is followed despite the fact that most of those present know the attempt is doomed to failure, or frankly inappropriate.
Stefan Timmermans is a Belgian healthcare sociologist who spent time in American emergency departments …