Choice

The edges of doctoring: the law's view

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.0 (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0

If health is complete physical, mental, and social (and why not spiritual?) well being and health is the province of doctors, then doctors should surely be running everything. This is an idea that is probably more terrifying to doctors than to the population at large, but where are the limits of medicine? A theme issue next March will explore this topic (contributions still welcome), but several news stories in this issue illustrate legal thinking on where legitimate doctoring ends.

Doctors in the Netherlands are allowed to kill patients with “suffering of a …

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