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Time to legalise assisted dying?: Doctors cannot simultaneously be patient centred and reject assisted suicide

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:842
  1. Hazel Smith, mother, grandmother, and widow,
  2. Richard Smith, son and iconoclastic, loquacious ex-editor (
  1. Tonbridge TN9 2UT
  2. Tonbridge TN9 2UT

    EDITOR—You can't aspire to be patient centred and simultaneously reject assisted suicide.1 That's the discomfort that afflicts the Royal College of General Practitioners and other doctors who reject assisted suicide. They cling to a world where “doctor knows best,” a world that is as dead as “politicians know best and so be respectful and follow what we do.”

    Of course, assisted suicide …

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