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February 10, 1999

Fiction, EuthanasiaLethal Dose

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(6):567-568. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.567

In August 1998, as I flew back from Amsterdam after taking a close look at end-of-life care in the Netherlands, I reflected on what might happen if euthanasia were to become legal in the United States. Recalling the explosive fate of certain abortion clinics in this country, I thought that probably some fanatic might plant a bomb at a hospital where euthanasia was being done. An interesting subject for a novel, I mused.

Steven Snodgrass, a Kentucky general surgeon, has written just such a novel, in which his cast of characters weaves a colorful tapestry of philosophical musings and violence. Dr Snodgrass's intention was not just to be not entertaining (which he is) but to educate the public about the issues surrounding euthanasia,1 which he does well through dialogue and circumstance.

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