Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Dr Quill and colleagues
undoubtedly are excellent physicians, but judging from their article1on palliative options, they also are good spin
doctors. The authors seem determined to convince readers that it is acceptable
to hasten death, although they admit that some physicians prefer not to do
Regarding TS, which physicians have provided since effective sedation
has been available, the authors state that "death is unlikely to be dignified
or remembered as peaceful by their families." In 36 years of family practice
and caring for terminally ill patients, I have had only 1 case that was not
regarded as peaceful and dignified by the family, and by myself.
Kirschner MH. Palliative Options at the End of Life. JAMA. 1998;279(14):1065–1067. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-14-jac80003
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