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Australian euthanasia law throws up many difficulties

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7164.969 (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:969
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    A report into seven patients who requested euthanasia in the Northern Territory of Australia shows that despite the careful design of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, accurate prediction of prognosis was subject to disagreement and the effects of depression were difficult to assess.

    The provision of euthanasia for terminally ill people was legal in the Northern Territory for nine months between July 1996 and March 1997, when the act was repealed. During this time seven patients, all with cancer, made formal use of the act, and four …

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