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April 1, 1983

Relieve Pain

Author Affiliations

Mid-Island Hospital Bethpage, NY

JAMA. 1983;249(13):1708. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330370022013

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To the Editor.—  The strong resistance of many physicians to administer high doses of narcotics to terminally ill patients for fear of inducing addiction is incomprehensible. It is intolerable to allow the patient to suffer unrelenting pain when the physician and the patient's family know that there is no hope of remission.