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Dear Doctor

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.888 (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:888

He is dead now, so soon forgotten, but the fight and determination required to give this man a peaceful death will not be. All I asked was for 20 mg of diamorphine to be prescribed via continuous subcutaneous infusion over 24 hours to enable the patient who was terminally ill to remain pain free and peaceful while he bubbled and rattled, sweated and mottled his way out of this world. It was not much to ask.

A peaceful death is one to remember with gratitude by the relatives, giving a sense of relief and satisfaction to those nursing this decaying heap of humanity. The sight of a …

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