Voluntary euthanasia: a utilitarian perspective.

@article{Singer2003VoluntaryEA,
  title={Voluntary euthanasia: a utilitarian perspective.},
  author={P. Singer},
  journal={Bioethics},
  year={2003},
  volume={17 5-6},
  pages={
          526-41
        }
}
  • P. Singer
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Bioethics
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