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Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate: ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’

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Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate : ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’. / Westwood, Sue.

In: Social and Legal Studies, Vol. 26, No. 5, 01.10.2017, p. 606-628.

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Westwood, S 2017, 'Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate: ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’', Social and Legal Studies, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 606-628. https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663917693916

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Westwood, S. (2017). Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate: ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’. Social and Legal Studies, 26(5), 606-628. https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663917693916

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Westwood S. Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate: ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’. Social and Legal Studies. 2017 Oct 1;26(5):606-628. https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663917693916

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Westwood, Sue. / Older Lesbians, Gay Men and the ‘Right to Die’ Debate : ‘I Always Keep a Lethal Dose of Something, Because I don’t Want to Become an Elderly Isolated Person’. In: Social and Legal Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 26, No. 5. pp. 606-628.

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