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The Death of Oberon and the Desire for Euthanasia

“Only a physician can commit homicide with impunity” is a line attributed to Pliny the Elder. It has been bandied about and thrown at doctors for a very long time and with more than just a hint of spiteful innuendo. If a doctor responds, “Doctors don’t have to take the Hippocratic Oath any more,” most people will stop and think. Some will betray a gleam of envy in their eye when Pliny’s name is mentioned and others, like Oberon T’s stepdaughter, will gleam with envy even without having heard of Pliny. That’s her, standing at Oberon’s bedside. She is his…

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