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April 8, 1988

It's Over, Debbie

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Fort Madison, Iowa

Fort Madison, Iowa

JAMA. 1988;259(14):2097. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720140018020

To the Editor.  —What is more unethical, to let this young woman live in misery or to relieve her suffering?1You have to put yourself in this young woman's place and realize what she was going through before you can judge this physician for his actions.I am a 23-year-old legal secretary and I watched my mother die of lung cancer. It was a horrible death and not one that I would like to endure myself. Cancer patients who are terminally ill endure much pain and suffering. I feel very strongly that if such a patient wants to end her life by being injected with morphine or any other drug that will end her pain, then she should have that right. No one should have the right to make someone suffer.