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It's Almost Over— More Letters on Debbie

Alex Hardy
JAMA. 1988;260(6):787. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410060057010.
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To the Editor.—  In the growing controversy among physicians, the American Medical Association, and proponents of euthanasia, the principal actor has been ignored completely. What about the terminally ill? Aren't we the ones most directly affected? Don't we have a voice and a choice in our time or means of dying?As a terminally ill cancer patient with a very short time left, I want to raise some questions for the multitude that can no longer speak for themselves and for the rapidly expanding throng of terminally ill patients who are kept alive to no avail. I believe my personal story will highlight the dilemma that now faces the medical community.One year ago I was diagnosed as having "probably terminal cancer" (massive tumors in all sinus cavities). In the ensuing year I have traveled down a road filled with evasion, equivocation, and moral hypocrisy. Most physicians don't want to


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