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Answering deaths's questions

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:a

Five minutes after reading this you might be dead or in a vegetative state. Are you ready? Have you made your wishes clear? Are you happy to donate your organs? All of them? How do you feel about a necropsy? Can some organs be kept for research? What should the doctors do if your vegetative state persists? Should they stop feeding you? Would you rather be killed? Once dead do you insist on being kept in the mortuary, or are you happy to be left in the chapel?

Montaigne advised us to come to …

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