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).
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LOWENTHAL MN. Routes of Morphine Administration. Ann Intern Med. 1983;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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