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Letters Assisted dying debate

Life is a terminal condition

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3682
  1. Malcolm Bowker, retired consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Cheshire
  1. Malcbowk{at}

    Lord Carlile’s views are well known,1 2 but many can envisage differing thresholds and circumstances that are worse than death and not restricted to terminal illness. Since life itself is a terminal condition, there is a refreshing sense of realism in the possibility under Swiss law of assisted suicide in cases of unbearable suffering that …

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