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Letters Denial in assisted dying

My experience with euthanasia

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4508
  1. Allena M Silvius, general practitioner1
  1. 1Leyden, Netherlands
  1. hsilvius{at}

As a Dutch GP I would like to share my personal experience. In the Netherlands euthanasia and terminal sedation are allowed under very strict rules.1 2

I am experienced in delivering palliative care. I have been asked dozens of times whether I would be prepared to perform euthanasia if there was no other option. …

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