Intended for healthcare professionals


Police investigate parents’ involvement in assisted suicide

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2195

Life and Death

Both medicine and law grapple with issues of life and death such as abortion,
euthanasia, and suicide. Notwithstanding facile positions promoted by political
extremes, these issues remain vexing dilemmas, which require Solomonic
wisdom. Sadly, most professions seem long on facts, but short on wisdom.
Perhaps we have yet to properly define or articulate these dilemmas. And
perhaps there is no more eloquent articulation of these dilemmas than
Hamlet’s words, “To be or not to be, that is the question...”

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA