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Australian doctor builds “coma machine”

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7093.1501d (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1501
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The Darwin GP who has legally helped three patients to die is building a “coma machine,” which would allow terminally ill people to administer enough drugs to keep them comatose until they die.

    Dr Philip Nitschke said that the proposed device, which he described as “slightly macabre,” would give a legal alternative to those who were now unable to access euthanasia after the senate last month quashed legislation on mercy killing.

    Northern Territory police are currently investigating the death of former nurse Esther Wild …

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