Michael W. Wooley, MD
To the Editors: Drs. Lo and Steinbrook have presented an excellent review of the Cruzan Case and its possible effect on medical practice in the United States (1). However, I believe that a very important point has been overlooked. The true tragedy of Nancy Cruzan did not begin with her automobile accident in January 1983. The true tragedy began when her attending physician at the State Hospital lacked the humanity and the compassion to follow the family's wishes and withdraw support. If he had done so, the true tragedy of this case would have been avoided.
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Michael W. Wooley. Allied to Madness. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:234. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-3-234_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(3):234.
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