Italy debates end of life decisions

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:719
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. Milan

    An open correspondence between a terminally ill man and the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, has spurred a public debate in the country about euthanasia and “living wills.”

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    Piergiorgio Welby: “Every day it gets worse”

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    The letter to the president—entitled “Dear President, I want euthanasia”—was written by Piergiorgio Welby, an Italian of Scottish descent, who has advanced muscular dystrophy and is now confined to bed …

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