Soundings

The great euthanasia debate

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.815 (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:815
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    “Beethoven. It's got to be Beethoven.”

    “Beethoven?”

    “More gooseberry fool, anyone? Simon?”

    “Um. Delicious. But no thanks. … Yes, one of the late quartets. ‘It must be.’ Just the thing. Marvellous stuff. You know it, Barbara.”

    “Of course I know it. But the point is mummy loathed Beethoven. She loathed all classical music. Except maybe the Warsaw concerto….So why don't we…”

    “The Warsaw concerto?”

    “It's what she'd want, Simon….She used to whistle it when she was weeding….”

    “The Warsaw bloody concerto?”

    “This is about her, Simon. Not about …

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