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By R. Cohen-Almagor

The Dutch adventure has inspired the controversy on euthanasia and dying with dignity around the world, specifically in regards as to whether physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia could be legitimized or legalized. A assessment of the literature finds advanced and infrequently contradictory perspectives concerning the Dutch adventure. a few declare that the Netherlands bargains a version for the area to stick to; others think that the Netherlands represents chance, instead of promise, and that the Dutch event is the definitive solution relating to why we must always no longer make energetic 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 proficient opinion. Having investigated the Dutch event for a few years, and after completely examining the large literature released in English, I went to the Netherlands for one month in the summertime of 1999 to get a suppose for the neighborhood state of affairs. I felt that this might give you the foundation on which i'll higher 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 best figures within the euthanasia coverage and perform. The time spent used to be tremendous useful and enriching. I within the footsteps of Carlos Gomez, who 1 released a e-book following one month of intensive study within the Netherlands.

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P. 62. , p. 58. D. , "Euthanasia and Other End-of-life Decisions in the Netherlands in 1990, 1995, and 2001," op. , p. 397. Ibid. In another study among family doctors, one quarter of the physicians said that they did not ask for a second opinion before administering euthanasia or assisted suicide, and 12% of the GPs had no consultation with any professional health worker. Cf. G. M. J. Leenen and C. Spreeuwenberg, “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. II. ,” Family Practice, Vol. 9, No. 2 (1992), p.

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. Another acceptable solution is a witness. John Griffiths, “Effective Regulation of Euthanasia and Other Medical Behavior that Shortens Life,” op.

P. 41. D. , "Euthanasia and Other End-of-life Decisions in the Netherlands in 1990, 1995, and 2001," op. , p. 396. Gerrit van der Wal and Paul J. van der Maas, “Empirical Research on Euthanasia and Other Medical End-ofLife Decisions and the Euthanasia Notification Procedure,” in David C. Thomasma, Thomasine KimbroughKushner, Gerrit K. ), Asking to Die, op. , p. 171. net/clients/saves/ South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. In his comments on the first draft of this study, van der Maas wrote that in 1990 the decision had been discussed with a patient in 46% of the cases and in 14% there had been an expressed wish.

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