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Assisted suicide and euthanasia in Switzerland: “Comfort care” needs robust moral framework

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:52
  1. Gregory Gardner, assistant general practitioner (
  1. Swanpool Medical Centre, Tipton DY4 0UB

    EDITOR—The belief of Hurst and Mauron that physician assisted suicide is not entirely contained within the framework of medicine is correct.1 Physician assisted suicide entails a philosophical value judgment that an individual life is no longer worthy to be lived. The authors do not give us any basis for making these value judgments, but modern bioethics theory creates hierarchies of human worth which are then used to justify medical discrimination.2

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