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Discussing dying: five minutes with Paul Cosford

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 14 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k697
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. The BMJ
  1. rhurley{at}

Richard Hurley heard Public Health England’s medical director, who has lung cancer, talk to the Royal Society of Medicine about options at the end of life

“Six months into my diagnosis of incurable lung cancer, I don’t have all of the answers. These are only my views; we all have our own.

“As a society we need to be much more open in discussing how we can help each other to die well, whatever we mean by that: every individual has different needs and considers different …

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