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A Dutch perspective: the limits of lawful euthanasia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15281482     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dutch author Ubaldus de Vries reviews the current state of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands. The legislation, enacted in 2001, creates a medical exception that allows for euthanasia in cases where patients experience "hopeless and unbearable suffering." A brief history of the Dutch approach to euthanasia is set forth, case law is reviewed, and the unique role of the doctor is examined in seeking to understand the extent of one's right to euthanasia in the Netherlands. Because the courts must determine what constitutes "hopeless and unbearable suffering," Professor de Vries analyzes the judicial interpretation of "suffering" and concludes that judicial interpretation has reached its limits, and thus by implication, the limits of lawful euthanasia have been reached.
Ubaldus de Vries
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of health law / Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Institute for Health Law     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1075-2994     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Health Law     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-29     Completed Date:  2004-09-02     Revised Date:  2004-12-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306639     Medline TA:  Ann Health Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  365-92, table of contents     Citation Subset:  E; H    
Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Euthanasia / legislation & jurisprudence*
Patient Rights
Physician-Patient Relations

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