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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0

A corpse in the street grabs your attention. You can't idly pass by. Even if lacking the power of a corpse, several pieces in this journal might grab you.

Diane Pretty has got the attention of the British through her campaign to allow her husband to help end her life (p 531). She has motor neurone disease and is paralysed from the neck down—but is fully mentally competent. If her husband were to help her kill herself then he would face prosecution. Mrs Pretty wants a guarantee that he would not be prosecuted, and …

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