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Letters Suicide and euthanasia paradox

Between blind rebuttal and the knacker’s bolt

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4706
  1. Alan J Slater, core trainee 1, anaesthetics1
  1. 1Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE
  1. alan.slater{at}

    MacCormick fails to distinguish between suicide as a result of psychiatric illness, an offhand statement (“I wish I could die”), or a rational decision made by someone with capacity who despite prolonged medical and psychological intervention “feels that, on balance, they would rather …

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