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Assisted dying in US and Canada: controversy subsides after legalisation

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k503 (Published 07 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k503

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Understandably the issue is complex and that there are obvious differences within the medical profession / community in developed countries is not surprising. Conventionally trained to save and salvage life , connotations of something exactly opposite is heart stirring ; but over years, as one sees chronic mortifying conditions with less relief and no cure, the protracted agony may appear worth being put an end to. Death has no friends and infinite support from extended family may at some point appear exhausting. Legislation in India in this regard has been initiated and is expected to acquire more precision with time in response to approach and demands made. The sages in the orient did practice 'renunciation ' and eventual release of the physical body ; for the rest , legal provisions are called for 'relief' from pain and misery , that defy treatment. Dr ME Yeolekar Mumbai.

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11 February 2018
Murar E Yeolekar
Professor of Internal Medicine
K J Somaiya Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai 400 022.
Eastern Express Highway, Sion, Mumbai 400022.