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Did you happen to see Friday night’s program “Father Brown” on PBS TV ?   Show name: ‘The Angel of Mercy.’ It featured two deaths which at first seemed normal to the police but which the great ministerial R.C. ‘detective’ suspected to be murder. He eventually found that both persons, who had advanced cancer, had […]

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The book ‘Final Exit’ reached 30 years old on 2 February 2021. In updated versions it still sells modestly around the world every day. In 1991 it reached the New York Times book list as Number One, and remained listed for 18 weeks. It became infamous as ‘the suicide guide’ but author Derek Humphry pointed […]

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MY OPINION Nowadays it’s fashionable to use euphemisms for elderly suicide, self- deliverance and doctor-assisted suicide. Old age self-killing is now called the ‘completed life’. The arguments for and against are already laid out in dozens of articles and books, almost entirely by academics and physicians (see Google). Thus, I will summarize mine as a […]

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Anthony Lester, a London lawyer, who often fought cases concerning right-to-die issues has died. When on the Sunday Times staff in the l960s and l970s I often worked with him – a remarkable man – on campaigns. Following are two extracts from a lengthy obituary in The Times of 10 August 2020: Extract 1 from […]

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You might like to take a look at my video on YouTube re my latest book (Ebook) at https://www.youtube.com/the final exit It concerns thoughtful advance planning about the end of life.

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An 89-year-old doctor, seriously ill, wrote this comment: “I am reading Derek Humphry’s “Final Exit.” It is a wonderful book. It should be required reading in medical school. The topic should be discussed in medical school. The style reminds me of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” my kind of book, clear […]

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MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR, NEW YORK TIMES 11 June 2020 The Protesters Know the Future is Bleak To the Editor: The amount of protesters across America is staggering. While George Floyd’s murder was the trigger, the underlying cause is that people under 40 are worried about climate change, pollution, the widening gap between rich […]

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Of interest to lovers of history and literature: – On April 26, 1564, in the parish register of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, the vicar, John Bretchgirdle, recorded the baptism of ‘Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere.’ A few months later the vicar noted the death of an apprentice weaver, scribbling in the margins ‘hic incipit pestis’ (here […]

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Derek Humphry’s new ebook, “Final Exit 2020” is getting response throughout the world. Orders for the download include customers from Moscow, Zagreb, Oslo, Tokyo, Sydney, Paris and London. Most of the orders are from North American people who want the updated version of the original l991 New York Times bestseller, the first book to describe […]

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Reached 90 years old today! Ninety! Through a combination of good luck (in the Blitz at age 10-11 etc), never smoking and good medical care. (Heart surgeries l997 and 2019.) Still mobile but slower. Will press on and see how far it goes! You all stay carefully safe and well in […]

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