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Mario Monicelli's Grande Guerra: the right of living and the choice of dying
  1. Matteo Gulino1,
  2. Giacomo Frati2,3,
  3. Gianluca Montanari Vergallo1,
  4. Paola Frati1
  1. 1Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic and Orthopaedic Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Department of Biotechnology and Medical-Surgical Science, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  3. 3Neuromed Institute, Pozzilli, Isernia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Paola Frati, Professor of Medicine & Law, Institute of Medicine & Law, Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic & Orthopaedic Sciences, 336, Viale Regina Elena, 00161 Rome, Italy; paola.frati{at}


Monicelli's suicide has reawakened a political and legal dispute about the medical role in end-of-life decisions, allowing us to discuss medical, ethical, legal, religious and political debate in various paradigmatic conscious and unconscious cases of end-of-life decision. We analyse the uncertainty about the ‘a priori’ choice between different specific legislative systems, highlighting the need for a unifying model, dictated by the existing trust in the critical relationship between patient and doctor, whose primary mission should be not only ‘to cure’ but also ‘to care’.

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