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Letters Assisted dying

Doctors need to perfect the art of allowing patients to die with dignity

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4021
  1. Roger E Cable, consultant old age psychiatrist1
  1. 1NHS Lanarkshire, Carluke Health Centre, Carluke ML8 4BA, UK
  1. cablere{at}

Heath eloquently outlines some of the difficulties that beset assisted dying.1 In my experience, most families and carers would not coerce a person into considering the option of assisted dying and often go to great lengths to care for …

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