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A role for doctors in assisted dying? An analysis of legal regulations and medical professional positions in six European countries

By G. Bosshard, B. Broeckaert, D. Clark, L.J. Materstvedt, B. Gordijn and C. Müller-Busc

Abstract

An extensive debate about assisted suicide and euthanasia has been taking place in westernized countries during the last twenty years. Traditionally, the medical profession has maintained a clear distance from euthanasia and assisted suicide, but this distance can no longer be justified by simply referring to the law. \ud This paper analyses the legal and, in particular, medical professional positions with respect to the doctor’s role in assisted dying in certain Western European countries (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and discusses their implications for doctors

Topics: BJ
Publisher: BMJ Group
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:45335
Provided by: Enlighten

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