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Inappropriate conclusions in research on assisted dying
  1. L J Materstvedt
  1. Dr L J Materstvedt, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway; lars.johan.materstvedt{at}

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In a recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics the authors conclude: “Where assisted dying is already legal, there is no current evidence for the claim that legalised PAS [physician assisted suicide] or euthanasia will have disproportionate impact on patients in vulnerable groups.”1 This kind of social medicine research gives an important insight into socio-economic and cultural aspects of assisted dying—even though, it must be added, there is not much new in …

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