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Physician-Assisted Death in Perspective
Assessing the Dutch Experience

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Stuart J. Youngner, Gerrit K. Kimsma, James C. Kennedy, John Legemaate, Heleen Weyers, Esther Pans, Margo Trappenburg, Hans Oversloot, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Agnes van der Heide, Roeline W. Pasman, John Griffiths, Evert Van Leeuwen, Dick Willems, Cees M. P. M. Hertogh, Ron Berghmans, Mette Rurup, Chalmers C. Clark, Marije van der Lee, Pieter J. J. Sauer, A. A. Eduard Verhangen, Boudewijn E. Chabot, Henri Wijsbek, Govert den Hartogh
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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107007567

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  • This book is the first comprehensive report and analysis of the Dutch euthanasia experience over the last three decades. In contrast to most books about euthanasia, which are written by authors from countries where the practice is illegal and therefore practiced only secretly, this book analyzes empirical data and real-life clinical behavior. Its essays were written by the leading Dutch scholars and clinicians who shaped euthanasia policy and who have studied, evaluated, and helped regulate it. Some of them have themselves practiced euthanasia. The book will contribute to the world literature on physician-assisted death by providing a comprehensive examination of how euthanasia has been practiced and how it has evolved in one specific national and cultural context. It will greatly advance the understanding of euthanasia among both advocates and opponents of the practice.

    • First comprehensive evaluation of Dutch euthanasia practice over time
    • Evaluates actual, rather than hypothetical clinical practice
    • Provides a resource for those countries, organizations or individuals interested in euthanasia policy and practice
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    "Offers good reading, sound analyses and well considered argumentations.....greatly recommended!"
    --Rob Jonquière, The World Federation of Right to Die Societies

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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107007567
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 157 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stuart J. Youngner and Gerrit K. Kimsma
    Part I. Background and History:
    1. The lateness of the Dutch euthanasia debate and its consequences James C. Kennedy
    2. Classifications and definitions: Dutch developments John Legemaate
    3. The legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands: revolutionary normality Heleen Weyers
    4. The normative context of the Dutch euthanasia law Esther Pans
    5. Dutch social groups on euthanasia: the political spectrum on ending life on request Heleen Weyers
    6. The Dutch social fabric: health care, trust, and solidarity Margo Trappenburg and Hans Oversloot
    Part II. Regulation and Practice Deficiencies:
    7. The unreported cases Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    8. Physician-assistance in dying without an explicit request by the patient Agnes van der Heide
    9. When requests do not result in euthanasia or assisted suicide Roeline W. Pasman
    10. Dutch euthanasia in retrospect John Griffiths
    Part III. Quality Assurance:
    11. Euthanasia consultants: professional assessment before euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands Gerrit K. Kimsma
    12. Reviews after the act: the role and the work of regional euthanasia review committees Gerrit K. Kimsma and Evert Van Leeuwen
    13. Palliative care and physician-assisted death Dick Willems
    Part IV. Learning from the Practice:
    14. Unbearable suffering and advanced dementia: the moral problems of advance directives for euthanasia Cees M. P. M. Hertogh
    15. Decision making capacity in patients who are in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease and who request physician-assisted suicide Ron Berghmans
    16. Being 'weary of life' as cause for seeking euthanasia of physician-assisted suicide Mette Rurup
    17. Shared obligations and 'medical friendships' in assisted dying: moral and psychological repercussions reconsidered Gerrit K. Kimsma and Chalmers C. Clark
    18. Depression, euthanasia and assisted suicide Marije van der Lee
    19. End-of-life decisions in children and newborns in the Netherlands Pieter J. J. Sauer and A. A. Eduard Verhangen
    20. Hastening death through voluntary cessation of eating and drinking: a survey Boudewijn E. Chabot
    Part V. The Challenge of Unbearable Suffering:
    21. The subjectivity of suffering and the normativity of unbearableness Henri Wijsbek
    22. Assessment of unbearable and hopeless suffering in evaluating a request to end life Gerrit K. Kimsma
    Part VI. Overview:
    23. The regulation of euthanasia: how successful is the Dutch system? Govert den Hartogh
    24. No regrets Margo Trappenburg.

  • Editors

    Stuart J. Youngner, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Stuart J. Youngner, MD, is the Susan E. Watson Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Trained as a psychiatrist, Dr Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics. He has published extensively on topics including end-of-life issues, organ transplantation and the definition of death.

    Gerrit K. Kimsma, University of Amsterdam
    Gerrit K. Kimsma, MD, MPh is a practising physician and philosopher and co-founder of the Department of Metamedicine at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in end-of-life issues and serves on the Board of Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Medicine HealthCare and Philosophy.

    Contributors

    Stuart J. Youngner, Gerrit K. Kimsma, James C. Kennedy, John Legemaate, Heleen Weyers, Esther Pans, Margo Trappenburg, Hans Oversloot, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Agnes van der Heide, Roeline W. Pasman, John Griffiths, Evert Van Leeuwen, Dick Willems, Cees M. P. M. Hertogh, Ron Berghmans, Mette Rurup, Chalmers C. Clark, Marije van der Lee, Pieter J. J. Sauer, A. A. Eduard Verhangen, Boudewijn E. Chabot, Henri Wijsbek, Govert den Hartogh

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