Home ventilation of a child with motor and sensory neuropathy

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.940 (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:940

Life does have a price, and the rest of us have to pay it

  1. Fraser M Hadden, Consultant in communicable disease control
  1. Suffolk Health Authority, PO Box 55, Ipswich IP3 8NN

    EDITOR,—The article debating whether a child with motor and sensory neuropathy should have been ventilated at home raises many wider issues, besides illustrating how hopelessly unevolved our grasp of moral issues remains.1 R H Davies does not believe that a person's misery can be measured (though this claim is neatly countered by Ian Harvey), but Davies nevertheless needs to arrive at some system of measurement because other people have clearly paid …

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