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By R. Cohen-Almagor

The Dutch adventure has prompted the talk on euthanasia and demise with dignity all over the world, specially with reference as to if physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia will be legitimized or legalized. A assessment of the literature unearths complicated and sometimes contradictory perspectives in regards to the Dutch adventure. a few declare that the Netherlands deals a version for the realm to keep on with; others think that the Netherlands represents hazard, instead of promise, and that the Dutch adventure is the definitive resolution relating to why we must always no longer make lively euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide a part of our lives. Given those contradictory perspectives, it has turn into transparent that fieldwork is key to constructing a extra trained opinion. Having investigated the Dutch event for a couple of years, and after completely examining the massive literature released in English, I went to the Netherlands for one month in the summertime of 1999 to get a believe for the neighborhood scenario. I felt that this is able to give you the foundation on which i'll larger interpret the findings of the on hand literature. I visited the foremost facilities of clinical ethics, in addition to a little analysis hospitals, and spoke with prime figures within the euthanasia coverage and perform. The time spent used to be tremendous priceless and enriching. I within the footsteps of Carlos Gomez, who 1 released a publication following one month of intensive learn within the Netherlands.

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Uncertainty and the Law (Montreal: Editions Thémis, 1999), pp. 72–73. G. M. J. Leenen and C. Spreeuwenberg, “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. II. ,” Family Practice, Vol. 9, No. 2 (1992), p. 112. A doctor has an obligation to maintain a full dossier on every patient and to accurately record therein what he or she does and why. Keeping adequate records is a general requirement of medical practice, and specifically is one of the requirements of careful practice in the case of euthanasia. Kimsma notes that written requests for euthanasia are preferable but not mandatory.

7, No. 4 (1993): 323–329, at 325. 38 However, Hendin et al argue that in the 1995 study, 21% of the individuals classified as “patients whose lives were ended without explicit request” were competent, whereas in the 1990 study, 37% were reported as competent. They maintain that more than 4000 additional competent patients were given pain medication in amounts likely to end their lives by physicians without discussing this decision with the patients, though the primary intention was not to end their lives.

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