Dutch doctor convicted of murdering disabled infantBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6994.1603a (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1603
- Janet Goodall
- Retired consultant paediatrician Trentham, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 8SP
EDITOR,—Tony Sheldon reports the death at the hands of a Dutch gynaecologist of a baby with serious congenital malformations who was in great pain and had a limited life expectancy; the doctor was convicted of murder but not sentenced.1 Bringing about the death of a severely disabled infant is an attempt to wipe out a distressing problem for the attendant adults by attributing their anguish to the child and then bringing that to a quick end. This overlooks three important facts.
Firstly, the …