German court rules on euthanasiaBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6958.830a (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:830
- H L Karcher
Allowing a comatose patient to die by stopping medical treatment can be lawful even without the patient's written consent, if consent to stopping treatment can be sensibly assumed. This is the essence of a decision made by the German Federal High Court in Karlsruhe last month. The ruling has marginally extended the interpretation of existing German laws on the borderline …
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