Published: 7 April 2016
Author(s): John Kellett
Issue: April 2016
Section: Letters to the Editor

Unfortunately throughout history there have been wide variations in the way death has been handled by the medical profession in different times and places, and even today within the same hospital there are big difference between what doctors say they do and what actually happens. It is not currently possible to determine when severely ill patients become irreversibly unsalvageable and when attempts at resuscitation after death are futile. Without this knowledge it is impossible to honestly advise patients and their loved ones.

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