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Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1218
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht, Netherlands

    One exasperated Amsterdam general practitioner recently said to me: “Do we know enough about subcutaneous morphine? The [euthanasia] law demands we investigate all reasonable alternatives.”

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    John Keown

    Cambridge University Press, £16.95, pp 338 ISBN 0 521 00933 2

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    This remark illustrates how Dutch doctors, working in the first society in the world that has effectively decriminalised mercy killing, are concerned about practising at the frontiers of medical ethics. But not concerned enough for John Keown, senior lecturer in the law and ethics of medicine at …

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