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Education And Debate

needs of the living should come first

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:954
  1. Suzanne Rawdon, journalist (
  1. 1Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7LJ

    If there were any information in my family's medical history that would allow me to find out whether I was likely to get cancer and how I could minimise the risk, I would certainly want to know about it. Clinical red tape about consent and next of kin when a patient is dead seems completely unreasonable when it holds back …

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