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Pediatric euthanasia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1456255     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pediatric euthanasia is currently practiced in the Netherlands on newborns, infants, children, and adolescents, although exact numbers are not known. Euthanasia in the Netherlands is generally assumed to be active and voluntary, but some cases of pediatric euthanasia would have to be characterized as nonvoluntary. Much of the motivation behind the euthanasia movement and the performance of pediatric euthanasia in the Netherlands is a genuine, compassionate desire to alleviate pain and suffering. In this study, we review the Dutch experience, with particular attention to the current practice of euthanasia on newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. We discuss pediatric euthanasia from an ethical point of view. We assert that more effective pain control, better symptom management, and psychosocial support of the dying and their families would alleviate the perception of suffering, and reduce the perceived need to resort to euthanasia.
J P Orlowski; M L Smith; J Van Zwienen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of diseases of children (1960)     Volume:  146     ISSN:  0002-922X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1992 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-01-06     Completed Date:  1993-01-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370471     Medline TA:  Am J Dis Child     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1440-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195-5086.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Decision Making*
Euthanasia, Active*
Euthanasia, Active, Voluntary
Euthanasia, Passive* / legislation & jurisprudence
Infant, Newborn
Parental Consent
Societies, Medical
Stress, Psychological
Wedge Argument
Comment In:
Am J Dis Child. 1992 Dec;146(12):1429-31   [PMID:  1456253 ]

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