Download PDFPDF
Navigating the chasm between religious and secular perspectives in modern bioethics
Compose Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Author Information
First or given name, e.g. 'Peter'.
Your last, or family, name, e.g. 'MacMoody'.
Your email address, e.g.
Your role and/or occupation, e.g. 'Orthopedic Surgeon'.
Your organization or institution (if applicable), e.g. 'Royal Free Hospital'.
Statement of Competing Interests


  • Responses are moderated before posting and publication is at the absolute discretion of BMJ, however they are not peer-reviewed
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. Removal or editing of responses is at BMJ's absolute discretion
  • If patients could recognise themselves, or anyone else could recognise a patient from your description, please obtain the patient's written consent to publication and send them to the editorial office before submitting your response [Patient consent forms]
  • By submitting this response you are agreeing to our full [Response terms and requirements]

Vertical Tabs

Other responses

  • Published on:
    Premature Neonates, Vegetative State and Nutrition: Political Power Clashes with Medical Autonomy
    • Giuseppe Gristina, Medical Doctor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Davide Mazzon, Maria Serenella Pignotti, Gaetano Iapichino, Ida Rosa Salvo, Francesco Procaccio, Virginio Bonito,Luciano Orsi, Manrico Gianolio, Marcello Orzalesi, Aldo Pagni, Demetrio Neri

    PREFACE Recently, escalating controversy has been generated in Italy concerning end-of-life dilemmas. As a result, some recent health policies adopted by the Italian government in compliance with the official point of view of the Roman Catholic Church have rejected published scientific evidence. This article shows three examples of this situation where doctor's autonomy in Italy is undermined by political power.

    THE "...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.