The medical exception: Physicians, euthanasia and the dutch criminal law

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (4):419-437 (1992)

Abstract

The legalization of euthanasia, both in the Netherlands and in other countries is usually justified in reference to the right to autonomy of patients. Utilizing recent Dutch jurisprudence, this article intends to show that the judicial proceedings on euthanasia in the Netherlands have not so much enhanced the autonomy of patients, as the autonomy of the medical profession. Keywords: allowing to die, criminal law, euthanasia, law enforcement, legal aspects, legislation, medical ethics, medical profession, self determination, the Netherlands, voluntary euthanasia, withholding treatment CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?

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