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Assisted suicide and euthanasia in Switzerland: Doctors occupy special position

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:51
  1. Georg Bosshard, researcher (
  1. Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland

    EDITOR—I agree with Hurst and Mauron that the Swiss penal code illustrates how important it is to separate the issue of whether assisting death should be allowed in some circumstances from that of whether doctors should do it.1 Assistance in dying raises questions that cannot be answered from the perspective of medicine alone. …

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