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Letters Religion and futile medicine

Alfie Evans case: are the notions of best interests and futility just paternalism rebranded?

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 01 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2436
  1. Rosemarie Anthony-Pillai, consultant in palliative medicine
  1. Watford WD17 4DU, UK
  1. roseap{at}

I always find McCartney’s columns thought provoking, but I think she has focused on one element in the Alfie Evans case.1 One could assume that only those who identify as religious have a belief system, but each of us, even the atheist, has a belief system that invariably colours how we approach life and …

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