The Last GASP

Pricilla Carter-Snodgrass II, MD
JAMA. 1990;263(3):378. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440030063023.
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To the Editor of NE JAMA. —Dear Madam:

Having been born after the Last GASP, I am naturally a staunch supporter of Organic Rights. As the offspring of two humanistic physicians who trained before the Last GASP, however, I became inured in the cradle to the subversive notion that ours is a particularly valuable species. My unique perspective, formed at the ethical cusp of our profession, may have burdened me with scruples not suffered by younger physicians. I am sworn, perhaps wrongly, to try to prolong my patients' lives and relieve their suffering—yet, as a Last GASP—abiding practitioner, I find it increasingly difficult to do so. Permit me to elaborate.

Who cannot be aware that heroic late—20th-century animal liberationists were the first to bravely strike out against killer scientists to free dogs and cats and later mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtle bladders, and sea urchin eggs from the


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