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“Right to die”: No man (or woman) is an island

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1388
  1. Andrew G Rivett, senior clinical medical officer in health protection (
  1. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Unit, Southampton SO16 4GX

EDITOR—John Donne would have had no intention, had he been writing today, of establishing a male norm when he wrote: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Grayling points out with great clarity how the right …

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