MARK N. LOWENTHAL, M.D.
To the editor: Drs. Campbell, Mason, and Weiler (1) have described successful pain control by means of continuous subcutaneous infusion of morphine in a young man with a terminal malignancy. The patient was not described as being obtunded, as having difficulty swallowing, or as being nauseated or vomiting. The question therefore arises why a parenteral route of morphine administration was chosen instead of the oral route, which has proved highly effective, when correctly used, for the pain of terminal malignancy (2, 3).
LOWENTHAL MN. Routes of Morphine Administration. Ann Intern Med. ;99:736–737. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-736_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):736-737.
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