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February 27, 1978

The Ethics of Terminal Care

Author Affiliations

From the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

JAMA. 1978;239(9):850-852. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280360046017

The widely used notion of dignity is questioned as an adequate ideal for care of terminally ill persons. Instead of dying with dignity, the essential ethical components of dying with a sense of worth are proposed as comprising truly humane and personal care.

(JAMA 239:850-852, 1978)