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Letters Euthanasia in neonates

Are we asking the right questions?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1072
  1. Peter-Marc Fortune, consultant paediatric intensivist
  1. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester M27 4HA
  1. peter-marc.fortune{at}

    Costeloe dismisses some of the key issues and draws attention away from the dangers and limitations of the current approach.1 I question our current interpretation of “active” and “passive” euthanasia. How exactly is extubating a child with serious pulmonary disease (which may or may not improve) different from giving him or her a lethal injection? …

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