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Letters Law on assisted dying

Better framework needed

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3186
  1. Paul G Taylor, consultant paediatrician1
  1. 1Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Nelson, New Zealand
  1. paulgtaylor{at}

I have just watched my 91 year old father slowly die of dehydration and multisystem failure as a result of the application of the Liverpool final care pathway. I applaud the intent of this protocol and its goal …

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