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“Right to die”: Sensitivity and humility are needed when dealing with dying people

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1388
  1. Lesley A M Evans, former consultant geriatrician (
  1. Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset

EDITOR—My many years' experience of caring for dying people—I was medical officer to a small hospice in the early days of the hospice movement, and for 12 years a consultant geriatrician with a special interest in palliative care—have led me to believe that sometimes it is wrong to encourage or help people to hang on …

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