Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations On the Contrary

Assisted dying: what’s disability got to do with it?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 26 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3446

In Praise of Disabled People

The world is full of disabled people who are routinely stigmatized,
marginalized, and ostracized. We shun the disabled, because they frighten and
depress us by reminding us of life’s dangers. Let’s reverse this systematic
exclusion of the disabled by recognizing that the disabled are not unfortunate,
irrelevant burdens, but rather heroic figures who can teach us how to face and
overcome life’s inevitable challenges.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 September 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA