Doctors should not decide on medical and “existential” suffering

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7341.848 (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:848
  1. Bob Bury, consultant radiologist (bob.bury@doctors.org.uk)
  1. Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR—The bizarre decision of the Dutch courts that doctors must differentiate between medical and “existential” causes of suffering before agreeing to euthanasia provides an excellent illustration of just why doctors should not get involved …

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