JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
LOUIS J. ROSENBERG, LL.B., ANDN. E. ARONSTAM, M.D., PH.G.DETROIT, MICH.
The last moments of our earthly career, the moments of transition from
life to death, present a solemn and direful spectacle. To employ means to
keep the dying individual a little longer on life's shore, or to hasten his
"shuffling off this mortal coil," is a question which frequently confronts
the physician. We are aware that death does not always come gently, "as light
winds, wandering through groves of bloom, detach the delicate blossoms from
the tree." Most men die from violence or disease; euthanasia is a rarity.
Indeed, it is so rare that the afflictions of only a few organs or structures
may bring about this kind of dissolution. We refer to organic cardiac diseases
and cerebral apoplexy.
EUTHANASIA—A MEDICOLEGAL STUDY.. JAMA. 2001;285(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.285.2.144