Letters

Euthanasia

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7316.809 (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:809

Euthanasia already exists

  1. Jeremy Dearling, staff nurse (jane.dearling@klshosp.anglox.nhs.net)
  1. Stroke Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn PE30 4PT
  2. 9 Waverleigh Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8BZ

    EDITOR—Emanuel misses the point in his editorial about euthanasia.1 The question is not “Should we debate whether to legalise euthanasia?” Euthanasia already happens, and is widely supported.25 The question is “Should we regulate existing practice using the Netherlands model?”

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    Figures for “slow euthanasia” should be included in data on physician assisted suicide

    1. Michael H K Irwin, vice chairman, Voluntary Euthanasia Society (michael-hk.irwin@virgin.net)
    1. Stroke Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn PE30 4PT
    2. 9 Waverleigh Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8BZ

      EDITOR—Emanuel is mistaken in stating that “if the objective is to improve the quality of care at the end of life then the battle …

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