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    Gëzim Boçari, Elmaz Shaqiri & Gentian Vyshka (2010). The Actuality and the Historical Background of Covert Euthanasia in Albania. Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (12):842-844.
    Euthanasia is not legal in Albania, yet there is strong evidence that euthanising a terminally ill patient is not an unknown concept for the Albanians. The first mentioned case of euthanasia is found in 7th century AD mythology and during the communist regime (1944–1989), allegations of euthanising political prisoners and possible rivals in the struggle for power have widely been formulated. There is a trend among relatives and laymen taking care of terminally ill patients to apply tranquilisers in an abusive (...)
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    Gentian Vyshka & Jera Kruja (2011). Inapplicability of Advance Directives in a Paternalistic Setting: The Case of a Post-Communist Health System. [REVIEW] BMC Medical Ethics 12 (1):12-.
    Background: The Albanian medical system and Albanian health legislation have adopted a paternalistic position with regard to individual decision making. This reflects the practices of a not-so-remote past when state-run facilities and a totalitarian philosophy of medical care were politically imposed. Because of this history, advance directives concerning treatment refusal and do-not-resuscitate decisions are still extremely uncommon in Albania. Medical teams cannot abstain from intervening even when the patient explicitly and repeatedly solicits therapeutic abstinence. The Albanian law on health care (...)
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