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Fri May 29 18:07:00 EST 1992

Meanwhile, Larry, you have to deal with realities.  You can't put us on
ice floes and float us out to sea.  I have visited enough nursing homes
to know the degradation that comes along with aging.  Just for fun, you
are obviously a professional. Give me the up to date assessment of the use
of medical technology.

How many people on respirators ever get weaned off?
Does a CABG really prolong life?  If so, what is the evidence?
Are anti-depressive drugs really anti-depressive or are they vegetable makers?
How do you know for sure a person is brain dead?

I regard your speculation about gene tampering as science fiction, at the
moment.  What I want is your knowledge about contemporary methodology.

And let me know if I can quote you, Larry.   I am writing a book -- my
partner is a dying physician, another man who got a death sentence at
age 57.  He is now 64 and on the short list for the Nobel.  Help us frail
old guys out, kid.  I'm not kidding.  Please tell me the effectiveness of
the technological means that are currently being used to prolong life.

"Everyone should get exactly what he/she deserves -- real hard!"

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