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Better palliative care could cut euthanasia

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1613
  1. Hugh Matthews
  1. BMJ

    Euthanasia in the Netherlands is proving detrimental to the practice of medicine and is usually avoidable, Dutch palliative care physician Dr Ben Zylicz told a meeting at the United Kingdom's House of Lords last week.

    The practice of non-voluntary euthanasia--in which the patient is unable to give consent--is becoming widespread, in contravention of Dutch guidelines, warned Dr Zylicz. He …

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