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Letters Ruling on mercy killing

Suicide and euthanasia paradox

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4291
  1. Ian J MacCormick, specialist trainee year 1, ophthalmology1
  1. 1Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ
  1. ian.maccormick{at}

    Ironically, the BMJ issue of 24 July reported that Tony Nicklinson is seeking assurance that someone who ends his life at his request will not be prosecuted1 but also included articles on suicide prevention.2 3 4

    Nicklinson stated that he needs “help in almost every aspect of life,” has “no privacy or dignity left,” and is “fed up with life.”1 …

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