Medicine: Filial Love

To kill his mother at her own pleadings, or to let a painful cancer kill her, was the problem put to one Richard Corbett, intelligent young Englishman. The two, since his father's death, had lived together in southern France. Last November Mrs. Corbett's cancer became unmanageable.

Last February doctors decided that radium, X-rays or other measures could neither cure her or give her surcease from her terrific pain. The son nursed her, heard her cries, watched the wrinkles of agony deepen in her face. She lacked strength and means for suicide. She begged his pity to kill her. She reasoned with him....

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