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Toronto doctor convicted of assisting suicide

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1558
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A Toronto doctor, the first in North America to be convicted of assisting suicide, has been sentenced to jail but was released on bail to await the outcome of an appeal.

    Dr Maurice Genereux, who admitted prescribing lethal doses of a barbiturate to two healthy but depressed men with HIV infection, was sentenced to two years less a day, followed by three years on probation. His sentence is …

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