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Letters Law on assisted dying

Assisted dying versus assisted living

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3184
  1. Tom Koch, ethicist and gerontologist1
  1. 1University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
  1. tomkoch{at}

Tallis states that it is a fundamental principle of medicine “that you should be allowed to determine what is in your own best interest when you are of sound mind.”1 This is the consumerist view and not fundamental. The fundamental principles …

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