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Letters Advanced directives and suicidal behaviour

“If in doubt treat” is not as easy as it sounds

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5478
  1. Jonathan R Benger, professor of emergency care and consultant in emergency medicine
  1. 1University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  1. jonathan.benger{at}

Davies, along with David and colleagues, overlooks the practical problems of giving lifesaving treatment to a person who does not wish to receive it.1 2 Paracetamol is the most common overdose choice in the UK, and treatment is effective if given early and while the patient still …

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