Letters: Dec. 31, 1984

To the Editors:

I was overjoyed and excited by the medical breakthroughs reported in your story, especially the artificial heart [MEDICINE, Dec. 10]. As a 19-year-old, I refuse to accept "the probability of disease, the inevitability of death" or my "duty to die."

Norman Dale Carrico Bloomington, Ind.

If the cost of providing artificial or transplant hearts for the 50,000 patients who need them is equivalent to that of three Trident submarines, I will do without the Tridents.

Dennis M. Palm Minneapolis

Not many Americans are likely to make use of an artificial heart in the near future, but there are millions of us...

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