Dutch Euthanasia: Background, Practice, and Present Justifications
van Leeuwen, E.
Thomasma, David C.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1993 Winter; 2(1): 19-35.
Dutch developments on euthanasia have drawn much attention over the years. Defenders and opponents have been telling very different stories about the practice of euthanasia and the frequency of cases, and the Dutch government has been struggling with the legal and moral problems involved. Concern about the procedures followed by physicians as well as questions on the "real" figures led the government to decide to organize an epidemiological study on the extent and the decision making. The results of the study were published in November 1991 (
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