By R. Cohen-Almagor

The Dutch adventure has encouraged the talk on euthanasia and demise with dignity world wide, specifically in regards as to whether physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia might be legitimized or legalized. A evaluation of the literature finds complicated and sometimes contradictory perspectives concerning the Dutch event. a few declare that the Netherlands deals a version for the area to keep on with; others think that the Netherlands represents hazard, instead of promise, and that the Dutch adventure is the definitive solution concerning why we should always now not make lively euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide a part of our lives. Given those contradictory perspectives, it has develop into transparent that fieldwork is key to constructing a extra proficient opinion. Having investigated the Dutch event for a couple of years, and after completely analyzing the giant literature released in English, I went to the Netherlands for one month in the summertime of 1999 to get a believe for the neighborhood state of affairs. I felt that this might give you the foundation on which i may larger interpret the findings of the on hand literature. I visited the main facilities of clinical ethics, in addition to a little research hospitals, and spoke with best 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 ebook following one month of intensive study within the Netherlands.

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24. Cf. Tony Sheldon, “Doctors Not Obliged to Carry Out Treatment They Think ‘Futile’,” British Medical Journal, Vol. 319 (October 23, 1999), at 1088. The ethical concept of double effect is used to justify medical treatment designed to relieve suffering where death is an unintended, though foreseeable, consequence. The doctrine is based on two basic presuppositions: (1) the doctor’s intention is to alleviate suffering; (2) the treatment must be proportional to the illness. g. g. ” For further discussion on the double effect doctrine, see R.

2 (1992), p. 140. J. M. van Delden, and L. Pijnenborg, Euthanasia and other Medical Decisions Concerning the End of Life, op. , p. 65. Ibid, p. 66. J. ten Have, “Euthanasia: The Dutch Experience,” Annals de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, Tomo CXII (Madrid, 1995), p. 429. 25 A pertinent question here relates to the accuracy of this estimation. It seems that a further investigation is required to ascertain that this data is correct. ” They were justified because the patients’ suffering was unbearable, standard medical practice failed to help and, in any event, death would have occurred within a week.

5-6 (2003):526-541. PART A BACKGROUND This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 1 THE THREE RESEARCH REPORTS OF 1990, 1995 AND 2001, AND THEIR INTERPRETATIONS 1. PRELIMINARIES The Dutch understanding of euthanasia is said to be marked by its precision. Unlike other countries that distinguish between active and passive euthanasia, between direct and indirect euthanasia, and between voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, the Dutch definition of the term is exact: the intentional taking of someone’s life at his or her explicit request.

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