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May 25, 1907

Newspaper Reports of Morphin Euthanasia in Tuberculosis.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(21):1794. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520470062016

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Ann Arbor, Mich., May 17, 1907.

To the Editor:  —I take this method of trying to correct the outrageously false impression given by many newspapers to the statement of Dr. Knopf before the Clinical and Climatological Section of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, at its recent meeting in Washington. I was present as chairman of the section when Dr. Knopf made his remarks. He was within a few steps of where I sat, and I was paying close attention to his remarks. I understood him, and all others with whom I have spoken on the matter since the meeting understood him, to state plainly the need of using morphin to relieve painful symptoms in the last stage of ths disease. Any physician who heard the remarks must have known that the morphin was used, not for shortening life, but solely for making it easier, and

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