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Letters Depression and assisted dying

Euthanasia and depression: no surprise

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2479
  1. Tom Koch, professor1
  1. 1University of British Columbia, Department of Geography (Medical), 1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
  1. tomkoch{at}

    Nobody should be surprised at the prevalence of depression and anxiety in Oregon patients requesting physician assisted suicide.1 This was the pattern of euthanasia’s expansion in Holland—a movement for relief of unbearable suffering in terminal cases became a means of termination for those whose problems were often more existential, or psychological, than …

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