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To the Editor.—
The commentary by Dr. C. D. Aring, "To Lessen the Impropriety," in your April 22 issue (228:473, 1974) was very interesting. However, I would not recommend it to the average graduate student who wanted to know the meaning of "empathy." I rather suspect that he had difficulty sleeping one night and decided to write an article on empathy. He could have waited until morning.There are some good points made in the article. For example, Dr. Aring says, "It is disheartening to witness some of the things done to desperately ill people in the name of treatment." I would say the modern rush of the American Medical Association and the medical profession to get on the bandwagon of "death with dignity" is a very fine example of "things done to desperately ill people in the name of treatment." There is no need to point the finger at
Dranginis EJ. Death With Dignity. JAMA. 1974;228(13):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230380015007