His actions are the antithesis of heroismBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.228 (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:228
- Alison Davis
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EDITOR,—John Roberts and Carl Kjellstrand are entitled to their view that Jack Kevorkian is a medical hero.1 They should, however, be aware that those who are fortunate enough to have avoided coming into contact with him do not share their view.
Kevorkian is famous for taking at their word those who are sick or disabled who say that they want to die, and of “helping” by killing them. His defence has always been that his aim is to kill their pain and …