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Woman who had attended euthanasia workshop kills herself

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1320
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The prime minister has called it appalling, and police are investigating the role of controversial euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke, after a 79 year old woman killed herself after saying she was tired of living.

    The death last month of retired, French born academic Lisette Nigot has reignited the euthanasia debate in Australia, because she had attended one of Doctor Nitschke's euthanasia workshops two years ago and stayed in touch.

    Dr Nitschke said he tried to dissuade her, but Ms Nigot had been hoarding the barbiturates (secobarbital (Seconal)) she had used for many years. “I tried to talk her out of it, but it seemed to me she was determined to take the final step,” he said.

    He …

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