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Letters Assisted dying debate

What of virtue and integrity?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d467
  1. Rhona A Knight, portfolio GP1
  1. 1Leicester, UK
  1. rk89{at}

The arguments for and against assisted dying continue.1 Deontological and utilitarian arguments abound, but what of virtue and integrity? How many doctors are going to be happy actively helping to end the life of a patient? And what will be the impact for those who are not happy but …

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