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Letters Legalising assisted dying

Giving dying people what they want

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4982
  1. Philip Berry, consultant physician1
  1. 1Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley GU16 7UJ, UK
  1. philaberry{at}

Near the beginning of his personal view on legalising assisted dying, Noble states: “I recoil from the vision of a society where death is a therapeutic option.”1 This shows an instinctive reaction to assisted dying that may colour his analysis of risks and benefits. To make a patient centred policy we must put aside our feelings about death …

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