Until a definitive treatment is found for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, there will continue to be a need to provide symptomatic care. Experience with caring for a large number of patients has proved that symptomatic therapy can be based on rational principles. Treatment should be limited to procedures that are simple and low-cost, with low risk of serious morbidity. When all remedies fail, the physician can still provide a comforting presence and foster a dignified death.
(JAMA 234:715-717, 1975)
Smith RA, Norris FH. Symptomatic Care of Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. JAMA. 1975;234(7):715–717. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260200031014
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