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By David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner, G.L Kimsma, C. Ciesielski-Carlucci

The Dutch event with euthanasia is effective for all cultures embroiled in debates approximately its morality. within the Netherlands, medical professionals can brazenly and deliberately finish the lifetime of their sufferers. this custom inescapably affects the perform of drugs all over the global. but for a rustic yielding a lot strength in shaping our options and regulations, it really is specifically harmful to overlook its personal struggles with euthanasia. The arguments, legislation, and coverage changes shouldn't be neglected or misunderstood. with no an enough portrait of the interior Dutch debate, together with public arguments in addition to intensely own tales - as set forth in Asking to Die - the dear classes from the Netherlands might be misplaced for different international locations. This ebook accordingly differs from different released books on euthanasia in that it addresses the controversy, because it is at present formulated, between Dutch physicians, policy-makers, teachers, legal professionals, and bioethicists, in addition to households, and it does so utilizing educational papers in addition to own studies.

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Indeed, euthanasia occurs most often between the ages of 30 and 75 years. The number of persons requesting and receiving euthanasia who are over 75 and especially over 85 years of age is relatively rare. By far the most controversial part of the report involved the finding that in an estimated 1,000 cases doctors prescribed or administered drugs to end a life without the patient’s explicit request at the time euthanasia took place. Of the data collected, forty-seven actual cases were defined as termination of life without request at the time death was brought about.

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3. Leenen HJJ, Ciesielski-Carlucci C. Force majeure (legal necessity): justification for active termination of life in the case of severely handicapped newborns after forgoing treatment. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1993; 2: 271- 4 (especially note 1). 4. Pijnenburg L, van der Maas PJ, van Delden JJM, et al. Life-terminating acts without explicit request of patient. The Lancet 1993; 341: 116-9. 5. van der Maas PJ, Van der Wal G. Haverkate I, et al. Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other medical practices involving the end of life in the Netherlands, 1990- 1995.

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