Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD; Wayne A. Ury, MD; Judith C. Ahronheim, MD; Mark Siegler, MD; Leon Kass, MD, PhD; John Lantos, MD; Robert A. Burt, JD; Kathleen Foley, MD; Richard Payne, MD; Carlos Gomez, MD; Thomas J. Krizek, MD; Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD; Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Sulmasy DP, Ury WA, Ahronheim JC, Siegler M, Kass L, Lantos J, et al. Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:560-561. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-7-200010030-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(7):560-561.
TO THE EDITOR:
We are deeply troubled by a recent pair of papers on terminal sedation and “voluntary refusal of food and fluids” (1, 2) and the process by which they were accepted and published in Annals. These papers appear to convey the mistaken and perhaps dangerous impression of a genuine consensus among experts and official policy endorsement of these practices. At the request of the editors, we address the issues raised by the first of these papers in this letter and address related issues separately (3, 4).
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