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November 17, 1975

Symptomatic Care of Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, Calif (Dr Smith), and the Institutes of Medical Sciences, Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco (Dr Norris).

JAMA. 1975;234(7):715-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260200031014

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)

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