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Laws are not just regulatory instruments but send a powerful social message

Posted on 2018/09/26 at 5h08

Fear of dying should not lead to dangerous legal changes  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
GP

WHEN I began working as a doctor early in the 1970s, end-of-life care was in its infancy. Cicely Saunders had just begun her pioneering work on what she called "total pain" and very few clinicians knew how to alleviate pain and distress in the dying. Today the situation is transformed. Palliative care has been recognised as a clinical speciality in Britain for 30 years; indeed, the country was ranked in first place in The Economist Intelligence Unit's Quality of Death index. For most people in Britain today, dying does not mean an agonising death, but a gentle ebbing away of life.

Why, then, as medical science has made enormous strides in alleviating the pain and distress of dying, are we seeing relentless campaigning for the legalisation of what is being euphemistically called "assisted dying"...

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Instead of killing, we must give hope to patients asking for euthanasia

Posted on 2018/09/26 at 4h33

Dr Koerselman said doctors should be helping people live positive lives – rather than assisting them in suicide.

People wanting euthanasia for psychiatric reasons need advocates who will stand with them and renew their hope, a Dutch psychiatrist says...

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Proper palliative care makes assisted dying unnecessary

Posted on 2018/09/19 at 3h11

Benoît BEUSELINCK  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
Oncologist

The experience from Belgium suggests that euthanasia can have unexpected consequences for a patient's autonomy,

Article published in The Economist, Aug 24th 201...

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VIDEO : Euthanasia for children ?

Posted on 2017/04/19 at 2h22

170 Paediatricians  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
Pediatricians

Euthanasia in children: Prof Stefaan Van Gool, a child cancer specialist in Belgium expresses his doubts about the recent extension of the law in Belgium to permit euthanasia in children with no lower age limit.

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Euthanasia in Belgium

Posted on 2017/04/19 at 1h09

Benoît BEUSELINCK  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
Oncologist

The impact of euthanasia in practice: Dr Benoit Beuselinck, a cancer specialist in Belgium, relates his experience of the application of the euthanasia law in Belgium and his concerns about further changes in the future.

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Changing Landscape of Physician Assisted Suicide

Posted on 2017/03/15 at 6h26

Mark Komrad  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
Psychiatrist and Ethicist

The issue of physician assisted suicide is one that has been debated both in the medical community and in the general population. Recent law changes by some European countries have brought the issue to the forefront perhaps more than ever before. -

Mark S. Komrad, MD, Ethicist in Residence for the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore discussed these changes during the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Atlanta. Countries like Belgium and the Netherlands have been at the forefront of these changes over the past decade, allowing mental illness access to this procedure moving beyond terminally ill patients who were the only ones who qualified up until this point. - See more HER...

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Affirming Dignity

Posted on 2017/01/12 at 3h04

In the Press  Categorie Opinion from medical professionals
Journalist

Vidéos : "Affirming dignity:"

A humane society cares for its sick and old. What does this look like and what role should law and policy play in shaping a culture that values all life? What does 'dying with dignity' really mean? In Belgium and the Netherlands, the phrase has become a synonym for euthanasia. In countries where euthanasia is legalized, it is done not only in cases of terminal illness, but also in non-terminal situations and for psychological suffering, such as depression. Euthanasia without an age limit is legal in Belgium, and has been legalized for minors over 12 years of age in the Netherlands...

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