Letters End of life decisions

Counting end of life decisions

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3690 (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3690
  1. Clive Seale, professor of medical sociology1
  1. 1Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 2AT
  1. c.seale{at}qmul.ac.uk

    In the editorial accompanying the report from Van den Block and colleagues, Byock points out that only 22 cases of euthanasia or physician assisted suicide occurred (1.3% of all 1690 non-sudden deaths).1 2 But if the 26 cases of “life ending without a patient request” are included (unfortunately translated as …

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