Euthanasia in the Netherlands

H A ten Have*, J V Welie

*Corresponding author for this work

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A review of two decades of euthanasia advocacy reveals that the arguments in favor of euthanasia are not consistent. Although the Dutch debate on euthanasia started as a protest against contemporary medicine's power over death and dying, the general acceptance of euthanasia and recent litigation may have increased medical power by shifting the balance further in the direction of physicians. This article argues that the anxieties of some of the opponents of a euthanasia bill were justified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude to Death
  • Decision Making
  • Empirical Research
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Euthanasia/legislation & jurisprudence
  • Euthanasia, Active
  • Euthanasia, Active, Voluntary
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Intention
  • Netherlands
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Social Change
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Withholding Treatment

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