Death and dignity: The case of diane

Stewart A. King, Jack P. Freer, Lisa J. Cardo, Joshua A. Bloomstone, Michael H. Levy, Michael T. Ross, Linda Gromko, Neil F. Thorlakson, Derek Humphrey, Kenneth V. Iserson, Peter M. Marzuk, Joanne Lynn, Joan Teno, Giles R. Scofield, N. K. O'connor, Kurt B. Nolte, Ross E. Zumwalt, Robert D. Mauro, David R. Perera, Timothy E. Quill

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To the Editor: I am a retired general surgeon essentially quadriplegic and dependent on a respirator because of advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Timothy Quill's Sounding Board article (March 7 issue)* was beautifully written and quite obviously reflects the thinking of a sensitive, caring health professional. I fully agree with the decision made, the rationale for that decision, and the action taken. Who better than the individual patient can decide when the burdens that illness imposes on oneself, one's family, and society can no longer be justified by any possible contribution to the well-being of anyone? Transient extremes of depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-660
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 29 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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