Euthanasia in the Netherlands
Lancet. 1990 Mar 10; 335(8689): 591-592.
Brahams reviews the situation in the Netherlands where doctors who practice active euthanasia within narrow guidelines are unlikely to be prosecuted or disciplined, even though the act remains a criminal offense under Dutch law. Drawing analogies with attitudes and practices in Great Britain, Brahams discusses the attitude of the Dutch medical profession toward euthanasia and the four contemporary legal defenses of euthanasia submitted by doctors in Dutch courts. The report concludes with a brief description of current legal initiatives concerning euthanasia and withholding treatment in Great Britain and the Netherlands. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Attitudes; Criminal Law; Deception; Drugs; Doctors; Euthanasia; Guidelines; Intention; Judicial Action; Killing; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Liability; Negligence; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Voluntary Euthanasia; Withholding Treatment;
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