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Whose Life is it Anyway?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:486
  1. Sum Yee Chan, senior house officer in dermatology (
  1. Middlesex Hospital, London

    Directed by Peter Hall Starring Kim Cattrall The Comedy Theatre, London, until 30 April

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    One of the questions that Claire Harrison, the central character of this play, asks of her doctors is “What is the point of giving me back my consciousness if I cannot use it?” Harrison, played by Kim Cattrall, is a sculptor who is left quadriplegic following a road crash. She uses her wit and intelligence to deal with her situation, sometimes engaging in sexual banter with hospital staff, sometimes opting for more emotional soul searching. Her life has been saved through the hard work of one Dr Emerson, but her …

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