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Letters Planning for old age

A civilised society should enable people to end their life

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 21 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3541
  1. John Pearce, emeritus consultant neurologist
  1. Anlaby HU10 7BG, UK
  1. jms.pearce{at}

Oliver asks: how can we plan for old age if we won’t discuss it honestly?1 A desperate distancing from the uncomfortable fact of our own ageing and mortality feeds a failure to plan for future housing and care, potential loss of mental or physical capacity, or …

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