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  1. Stuart J. Youngner & Gerrit K. Kimsma (eds.) (2012). Physician-Assisted Death in Perspective: Assessing the Dutch Experience. Cambridge University Press.
    This book is the first comprehensive report and analysis of the Dutch euthanasia experience over the last three decades. In contrast to most books about euthanasia, which are written by authors from countries where the practice is illegal and therefore practised only secretly, this book analyzes empirical data and real-life clinical behavior. Its essays were written by the leading Dutch scholars and clinicians who shaped euthanasia policy and who have studied, evaluated and helped regulate it. Some of them have themselves (...)
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  2. Gerrit K. Kimsma & Evert van Leeuwen (2005). Shifts in the Direction of Dutch Bioethics: Forward or Backward? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 14 (03):292-297.
    Important bioethcs changes are underway in the Netherlands that carry, for better or worse, far-reaching social consequences. The two major areas of change involve economics and containing soaring health costs and end-of-life care as reflected in several high-profile cases: in a decision handed down by the Dutch Supreme Court on reviewing the procedures for the termination of life, in the discussion surrounding The Groningen Protocol and the active ending of lives in neonatology, and in a report of a Royal Dutch (...)
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  3. Gerrit K. Kimsma & Evert van Leeuwen (2005). The Human Body as Field of Conflict Between Discourses. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 26 (6):559-574.
    The approach to AIDS as a disease and a threat for social discrimination is used as an example to illustrate a conceptual thesis. This thesis is a claim that concerns what we call a medical issue or not, what is medicalised or needs to be demedicalised. In the friction between medicalisation and demedicalisation as discursive strategies the latter approach can only be effected through the employment of discourses or discursive strategies other than medicine, such as those of the law and (...)
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  4. Chalmers C. Clark & Gerrit K. Kimsma (2004). “Medical Friendships” in Assisted Dying. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 13 (01):61-67.
    As the issue of assisted dying continues toward more expanded legal standing, we shift our primary focus from questions of patients' rights to the largely overlooked challenges that face physicians who elect to assist patients in ending their lives. Dr. Howard Grossman, a Manhattan internist and plaintiff in the unsuccessful New York lawsuit to the Supreme Court , came forward to say, “Anybody who has done it knows that it is a tremendous decision that you carry with you forever.”1 We (...)
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  5. Evert Van Leeuwen & Gerrit K. Kimsma (1997). Philosophy of Medical Practice: A Discursive Approach. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 18 (1-2).
    In spite of the seminal work A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice, the debate on the task and goals of philosophy of medicine still continues. From an European perspective it is argued that the main topics dealt with by Pellegrino and Thomasma are still particularly relevant to medical practice as a healing practice, while expressing the need for a philosophy of medicine. Medical practice is a discursive practice which is highly influenced by other discursive practices like science, law and economics. (...)
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  6. Gerrit K. Kimsma & B. J. van Duin (1996). Teaching Euthanasia: The Integration of the Practice of Euthanasia Into the Grief, Death, and Dying Curricula of Postgraduate Family Medicine Training. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 5 (01):107-.
    The open practice of euthanasia in The Netherlands stood alone in the world until the government of the Northern Territories in Australia accepted the possibility of physician-assisted suicide. Even though the active ending of lives in The Netherlands is still a crime by law, the current practice allows it and acquits physicians if certain conditions have been met. Of the many facets of euthanasia, the teaching of this practice represents a further logical step. In this contribution, we intend to describe (...)
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  7. Gerrit K. Kimsma & Evert van Leeuwen (1996). Comparing Two Euthanasia Protocols: The Free University of Amsterdam Academic Hospital and the Medical Center of Alkmaar. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 5 (01):145-.
    Hospital ethics committees in The Netherlands have had the unique responsibility of developing euthanasia policies for their institutions. Although each policy necessarily reflects a particular facility, family resemblances necessarily remain. In the interest of ethics committees outside The Netherlands that may soon face the same challenge, two such policies are presented here accompanied by commentary high-lighting their similarities and differences.
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  8. Gerrit K. Kimsma & Evert van Leeuwen (1996). From a Dutch Perspective: Response to “Rights of the Terminally Ill Act of the Australian Northern Territory” by Robert L. Schwartz (CQ Vol 5, No 1). [REVIEW] Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 5 (02):278-.
  9. Gerrit K. Kimsma, Evert Van Leeuwen & David Thomasma (1996). Editorial. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 17 (4):423-423.
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  10. David A. Bennahum, Gerrit K. Kimsma & Cor Spreeuwenberg (1993). Been There: Physicians Speak for Themselves. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2 (01):9-.
    In pursuit of my ultimate objective of being in control of my self-deliverance at the time when my physical condition no longer warrants continuance, I have joined the Hemlock Society of Los Angeles. The Society urges its members to explore with their personal physicians this subject well in advance of the actual moment of necessity, and in particular the problem of acquiring a lethal dose of a drug that will provide a release consistent in quality with the degree of peace (...)
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  11. Gerrit K. Kimsma (1992). Clinical Ethics in Assisting Euthanasia: Avoiding Malpractice in Drug Application. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (4):439-443.
    The debate on the ethical permissibility of euthanasia in medicine has a corollary in the ethical application of drugs. The overall moral limits of medical treatment apply evenly to the moral acceptability of the pharmacological aspect of the act of euthanasia. The pharmacological aspect of the act is of ethical importance not only for the person requesting an active ending of his or her life, but also for the grieving family. Keywords: effectivity, ideal euthanaticum, patient's/family's interest, pharmacology of euthanasia, routes (...)
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  12. Henk A. M. J. ten Have, Gerrit K. Kimsma & Stuart F. Spicker (eds.) (1990). The Growth of Medical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
     
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