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Dutch approve euthanasia for a patient with Alzheimer's disease

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1041-a (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1041
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Netherlands' first reported case of a doctor complying with a request for assisted suicide from a patient with Alzheimer's disease was lawful, a report has said.

    The case was reported to the Netherlands' assessment committee system, which consists of five regional committees and checks whether doctors have followed the requirements of the law. If members of the relevant committee judge that the legal requirements have been met, they do not forward the case to the public prosecution service.

    Committee …

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