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Dutch doctor convicted of murdering disabled infant

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1603
  1. Janet Goodall
  1. 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 …

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