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A death of reason

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c804
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I unwrapped the mug with its “amusing” caption and rolled my eyes, because I hate novelty ware in all its infinite ghastly guises. “Control freak,” it read. How the children laughed. I am independent, single minded, and proud, wanting to be neither a burden nor dependent.

    The author Terry Pratchett is advocating some type of assisted suicide tribunal, because he fears a loss of control through dementia (BMJ 2010;340:c648, doi:10.1136/bmj.c648). And polls show that three quarters of the public support such a move. But assisted …

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