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Letters Assisted Dying Bill

Attending to the vulnerabilities of people who are dying

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4957
  1. Marina E Malthouse, hospice consultant in palliative care1
  1. 1Bath BA1 2XJ, UK
  1. m.malthouse{at}

Three editors of The BMJ have exercised their autonomy by expressing their own views that the law should be changed to enable doctors to assist in the deaths of terminally ill patients.1 They argue that autonomy is the cardinal principle in medical ethics. But they forget that autonomy is relational and that medical ethics does not stand apart from …

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