Letters Morphine

Double effect is a myth leading a double life

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39136.502361.FA (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:440
  1. Claud Regnard, consultant in palliative care medicine
  1. St Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1EE
  1. claudregnard{at}stoswaldsuk.org

    Kelly Taylor's request to use morphine “to make her unconscious” under the principle of double effect is a puzzling choice.1

    Evidence over the past 20 years has repeatedly shown that, used correctly, morphine is well tolerated and does not shorten life or hasten death.2 Its sedative effects wear off quickly (making it useless …

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