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Letters Law on assisted dying

Tallis’s slippery slope

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3182
  1. John Keown, professor1
  1. 1Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057, USA
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Tallis’s argument about changing the law on assisted dying invites at least three comments.1 He claims that being able to “determine what is in your own best interest when you are of sound mind” is a fundamental principle of medicine and that “Nobody else’s views should be able to over-ride this right.” …

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