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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

Pain, passion, and beautyThis week's journal contains more than the usual share of pain, passion, and beauty. On p.153 R H Davies, a paediatrician from Wales, describes as a “costly but beautiful deed” the decision of the health authority to fund home ventilation for a child with a severe neuropathy. She died at home aged 3 years after 16 months of ventilation. The cost was about £160,000. “I don't believe you can measure misery or the relief of misery, even approximately,” writes Dr Davies. “Some things are not measurable. The home treatment of this child on a ventilator in order to give her some experience of near normal family life was … …

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