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Doctors granted no greater right to end life

I APPLAUD the viewpoint of Jeff Jacoby in “What about do no harm?” (Op-ed, Oct. 17) which reminds us of the medical tautology that “prescribing death is not a doctor’s role.”

As health care providers for patients suffering from terminal illness, many of us have the privilege and responsibility of caring for patients and their families during the most difficult chapter in their lives. We are charged with using the means at our disposal to improve physical and emotional well-being and to maximize comfort, even in situations where we cannot extend life.

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