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J R Soc Med. 2004 September; 97(9): 456.
PMCID: PMC1079605

Hope and despair

Dr Sleight's valuable article on voluntary euthanasia (July 2004 JRSM1) begins with a misattribution. Jerome Kern wrote the music for the wonderful song 'Ol' Man River' for Showboat, but he did not write words. Credit for the lyric, and so for the quote 'Ah'm tired of liv-in' An' skeered of dying',' should go to Oscar Hammerstein II.


1. Sleight V. Hope and despair. J R Soc Med 2004;97: 354. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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