Advance directives increase personal autonomy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7015.1302d (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1302
  1. C M Tonks
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Royal Masonic Hospital, London W6 0TN

    EDITOR,--Ian Robertson's arguments against advance directives, or living wills, strike me as biased and specious.1 The fact that most people who fail in attempts at suicide are later glad that they survived is irrelevant to advance directives. Most suicide attempts occur during mental states that later improve. Advance directives apply only in …

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