Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their study of end-of-life
practices in European intensive care units (ICUs), Dr Sprung and colleagues1 describe a shortening of the dying process as a
result of the administration of opiates and benzodiazepines. The authors stated
that the majority of cases of shortening of the dying process can be equated
with euthanasia, because physicians generally intended these actions to cause
Kompanje EJO. End-of-Life Practices in European Intensive Care Units—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(22):2938-2940. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2938-a