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Perhaps the appointed function of a Presidential Commission is to reassure people and not to disturb them. But I am disturbed by the tone of reassurance that blankets the Commission's report on Deciding to Forego Life-Sustaining Treatment.' I hope I am wrong, but I am convinced that we are about to enter an era of medical practices that will push retarded, elderly, and gravely ill people toward hastened deaths. The President's Commission did not intend to endorse such practices; many of its specific proposals are obviously formulated to avoid these results. But its strictures are too mild, its sense of alarm too muted.

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