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A message from Holland

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1655
  1. H A Thiadens, general practitioner
  1. Amersfoort, the Netherlands

    Eleven years ago a lively 85 year old man came to my surgery. He had been a famous violinist and concert leader for most of his professional life and still enjoyed playing music. He asked me if I would “help” him should he find himself the victim of a serious illness. In the Netherlands this really means, “What is your view on euthanasia, Doc?” I replied that given such circumstances I would be prepared to help him.

    During the next few years I visited him several times, and then at the age of 95 and still in possession of his mental capacities he was diagnosed with …

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