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 tradition inescapably affects the perform of medication all around the international. but for a rustic yielding lots strength in shaping our concepts and rules, it's specially harmful to overlook its personal struggles with euthanasia. The arguments, legislation, and coverage changes shouldn't be missed or misunderstood. with out an enough portrait of the inner Dutch debate, together with public arguments in addition to intensely own tales - as set forth in Asking to Die - the precious classes from the Netherlands might be misplaced for different nations. This e-book as a result differs from different released books on euthanasia in that it addresses the talk, because it is presently 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 stories.
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Extra resources for Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate about Euthanasia
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. Two cases involved neonates.
Van der Maas PJ, Van der Wal G, et al. Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other medical practice involving the end of life in the Netherlands. The New England Journal of Medicine 1996; 335: 1699-1705. Section One Structuring the Public Policy Debate This page intentionally left blank. Chapter One Twenty-Five Years of Dutch Experience and Policy on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: An Overview Johan Legemante Introduction The present Dutch situation with regard to euthanasia and assisted suicide is the outcome of a debate that started twenty-five years ago, in 1973.
It is fair to say that the policy of the present Dutch government is aimed at normalization. The polarization created by the previous government in the period 1991-1994 has come to an end. The present situation is characterized by a critical but constructive cooperation between the government, the medical profession and the other parties involved. This creates an atmosphere in which initiatives for the continuation and improvement of the quality of medical practices with regard to euthanasia can be developed.
Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate about Euthanasia by David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner, G.L Kimsma, C. Ciesielski-Carlucci