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Dutch doctors publish guide to “careful suicide”

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1394
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

A group of Dutch doctors and researchers has made its detailed advice on suicide available to the general public. The Foundation for Scientific Research into Careful Suicide argues that “a requirement exists within society for responsible information about an independent and dignified ending of life.”

The book, entitled Informatie over Zorgvuldige Levensbeëindiging (Information about the Careful Ending of Life), gives advice on refusing food and fluids and taking a combination of drugs to induce coma and death. It can only be ordered from the foundation’s website (

The Dutch Medical Association says that the book offers a balance to the large amount …

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