In search of a good death: Good death is achievable if task becomes easing death, not prolonging life

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.225 (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:225
  1. Grant R Gillett, professor of medical ethics (grant.gillett@stonebow.otago.ac.nz)
  1. University of Otago, Box 913, Dunedin, New Zealand

    EDITOR—Death is almost inevitably medicalised in our society, and this leads to an increasing number of requests from professionals for ethical advice and from the public for an understanding of what is permissible. British and Commonwealth law consistently enshrines all the necessary permissions for doctors to cease intrusive and life prolonging treatment when they consider that the treatment is of no substantial …

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