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Care of the Dying: Clinical and Financial Lessons from the Oregon Experience

Susan W. Tolle, MD
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Oregon Health Sciences University; Portland, OR 97201-3098 Requests for Reprints: Susan W. Tolle, MD, Center for Ethics in Health Care, L101, Oregon Health Sciences University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3098.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(7):567-568. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-7-199804010-00009
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Is there a consensus about the right to compassionate care for all terminally ill Americans? Quill and colleagues, in this issue [1], highlight seven specific areas of converging opinion in this area. For example, the fierce debates about physician-assisted suicide have focused the attention of all of us, whatever our views on that contentious issue, on our inadequacies in practicing comfortable and respectful end-of-life care [23].

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