The French novelist Marcel Proust (1871–1922) died of complicated bronchopneumonia on November 18, 1922 [
]. His housekeeper recounted that the writer refused treatment and further investigations suggested by his general practitioner, stating that “it was useless to prolong a life so infamous” [
]. Here, we attempt to analyze the causes of Proust's choice to refuse the treatment.
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Published online: May 03, 2017
Accepted: May 2, 2017
Received in revised form: April 22, 2017
Received: March 31, 2017
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