Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 13 (4):355-361 (2010)

In this article I intend to describe an issue of the Dutch euthanasia practice that is not common knowledge. After some general introductory descriptions, by way of formulating a frame of reference, I shall describe the effects of this practice on patients, physicians and families, followed by a more philosophical reflection on the significance of these effects for the assessment of the authenticity of a request and the nature of unbearable suffering, two key concepts in the procedure towards euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. This article does not focus on the arguments for or against euthanasia and the ethical justification of physician-assisted dying. These arguments have been described extensively in Kimsma and Van Leeuwen (Asking to die. Inside the Dutch debate about euthanasia, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1998)
Keywords Euthanasia  Physician-assisted suicide  The Dutch Euthanasia Law  Euthanasia consultants  Euthanasia Review Committees  Effects of euthanasia on physicians  Patients and families  Euthanasia requests and ethical/psychological conflicts  Medical friendship
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DOI 10.1007/s11019-010-9265-0
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Doctors Must Not Kill.Edmund D. Pellegrino - 1992 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 3 (2):95.
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