Letters Sanctity of life law

Being aware of opposite dangers

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5541 (Published 24 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5541
  1. David A Jones, director1
  1. 1Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford OX1 2NA, UK
  1. director{at}bioethics.org.uk

Many people are concerned, quite reasonably, about overtreatment in hospital. It would be worrying if clinically assisted nutrition and hydration could never be withdrawn, even when they were ineffective or futile.1 2 However, people are also concerned, quite reasonably, about undertreatment and the development of malnutrition or dehydration in hospital.3 In fact, the recent cases to which Gillon and Twycross object do not …

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