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December 26, 2001

End of LifeCaring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(24):3131-3132. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3131-JBK1226-2-1

The author of Caring for Patients at the End of Life, Dr Timothy Quill, is probably best known for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide, which he made dramatically public in a New England Journal of Medicine report about Diane, a patient with leukemia, for whom he provided barbiturates that she used to end her life.1 Some years later he was one of the major parties attached to the unsuccessful effort to obtain US Supreme Court approval of physician-assisted suicide.2

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