The art of Dying in America
Byock I R
This editorial expresses the need for better palliative care, especially as much of the American public, and many physicians, believe that physical agony can only be stopped through euthanasia. In cancer centers assessed, 42% of patients were not prescribed basic analgesics. 86% of oncologists felt their cancer patients were undermedicated. Medical schools must have training programs to teach care for the dying. The National Cancer Institute must also start stressing hospice.