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Neonates must sometimes be allowed to die, but err in favour of life

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:695
  1. Frank J Leavitt, chairman (
  1. Centre for Asian and International Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

    EDITOR—Neonatal intensive care medicine and nursing are constantly improving because staff are trying to save increasingly difficult cases.1 Staff will inevitably attempt to save cases that turn out to be hopeless, and decisions will sometimes have to be made to allow the patient to die. Such decisions have to be seen as part of a process that eventually results in more lives being …

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