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Sterilise in haste, repent at leisure and great expense

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:962
  1. Edward Tuddenham, professor of haemostasis (
  1. Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN

    EDITOR—Roberts's editorial on good practice in sterilisation well summarises the technical issues involved in surgical sterilisation but passes lightly over the social, psychological, and ethical issues attached to this highly personal topic.1 I do not know if the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' publication—the main source for the editorial—does any better,2 but I wish to discuss here a point that has been raised in the literature on assisted …

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