Bmj Usa: Letter


BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E85

This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

As of December 19, 107 rapid responses had been posted on in response to the editorial by Doyal and Doyal. A sampling of the original rapid responses (after editing) appears below. The complete debate appears at—EDITOR

Doctors as killers

  1. Sally Rynne (, administrator
  1. Royal College of Surgeons
  2. Cleveland, Queensland, Australia
  3. Austin Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne 3084, Australia
  4. United States

    This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

    Editor—Speaking as a non-medical person, I would not wish to be treated by any doctor who is willing to kill patients, even at that patient's request. It should never be a doctor's job to act as executioner for those who no longer wish to continue living or whose life is so “deficient” that it is not considered worth living. All of us will eventually die, some with “dignity,” some without, and we have very little choice about this. I cannot imagine anything more undignified than …

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