Staff Reactions As DESCRIBED earlier, the hospital staff reacted with great resistance, at times overt hostility, to our seminar. At the beginning, it was almost impossible to get permission from the attending staff to interview one of their patients. Residents were more difficult to approach than interns, the latter more resistant than externs or medical students. It appeared that the more training a physician had, the less he was ready to become involved in this type of work. Other authors have studied the physician’s attitude toward death and the dying patient. We have not studied the individual reasons for this resistance but have observed it many times.