A doctor is in trouble for hastening a patient’s death with morphine

“The state medical board is poised to yank the license of a doctor it claims hastened a dying patient’s death by giving him a massive dose of morphine.

But pain management advocates – and the dying man’s children – have rallied behind Dr. Harold Luke, who says he was simply trying to make his 76-year-old patient, identified only as ‘Morris E,’ more comfortable.

‘The state of California should focus on better things,’ said Lori McCorry, 47, one of the patient’s three children. ‘What they’re doing to Luke is wrong.'”

Giving morphine to maximize comfort in terminal patients is rightly within the standard of care. I would be curious to find out how much morphine was given in this case.

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