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autonomy, major depression, suicide
The debate regarding the choice to die is part of contemporary culture. The text is inspired by a re-reading of "The Glass Bell", a novel by Sylvia Plath, to promote a reflection on the role of the doctor-patient relationship and the importance of adequate communication, supported by careful and non-judgmental listening. The discussion opens to the broader and current issue of the choice to die. It is essential to guarantee the right to respect for the patient’s autonomy together with the access to adequate care.