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Letters Religious support for assisted dying

Agony and holiness—an alternative perspective

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 20 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2501
  1. Ashish MacAden, consultant in rehabilitation medicine and stroke
  1. NHS Highland, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, UK
  1. ashishmacaden{at}

Notwithstanding the quote from Ecclesiasticus—“Death is better than a miserable life, and eternal rest than chronic sickness”—and consequent argument,1 I am compelled to counter Romain and Carey’s article on assisted dying with the disability paradox2 and my 30 years of experiences of enduring, awe inspiring, resilient holiness in scores of people with disability, including people with spinal cord injury who …

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