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Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking: is medical support ethically justified?

  • Ralf J. Jox1, 2Email author,
  • Isra Black3, 4,
  • Gian Domenico Borasio5 and
  • Johanna Anneser4
Contributed equally
BMC Medicine201715:186

Received: 5 May 2017

Accepted: 3 October 2017

Published: 20 October 2017

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Original Submission
5 May 2017 Submitted Original manuscript
26 May 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Dieter Birnbacher
5 Jun 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ben White
5 Jul 2017 Author responded Author comments - Ralf J. Jox
Resubmission - Version 2
5 Jul 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
28 Jul 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ben White
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
3 Oct 2017 Editorially accepted
20 Oct 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12916-017-0950-1

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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Geriatric Palliative Care, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
York Law School, The University of York, York, UK
Palliative Care Service, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany
Service de Soins Palliatifs et de Support, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland