A time to live or a time to die?: Are we losing our humanity?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7459.233 (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:233
  1. Stephen R Taylor (steve@dox.co.nz), general practitioner
  1. Auckland, New Zealand 1311

    EDITOR—My sympathy, congratulations, and deep respect to the unnamed author (and her husband) of “A time to live or a time to die?” for having the courage to present her harrowing account of being kept alive by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.1 Too often we hear of such tragedies and of well meaning but fundamentally misguided examples of medical intervention.

    I believe the most challenging aspect …

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