The choice to live or die should remain to the end

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1467a (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1467
  1. Liam Farrell
  1. General practitioner Crossmaglen Health Centre, County Armagh BT35 9HD

    EDITOR,—It is ironic that euthanasia should be causing renewed controversy at a time when our skills at controlling symptoms have never been greater.

    Criticising the palliative care movement is the medical equivalent of kicking a spaniel, but on The Late Show, which discussed the televised mercy killing of a patient in Holland,1 Cicely Saunders and Nigel Sykes managed to be patronising and insensitive to both our Dutch colleagues and our patients. …

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