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Advocate dedicates her life to a dignified death
Aug 20, 1970

Lesley Martin will be married in the school hall at Wanganui Girls College a week today. Three days before the nuptials, Ms Martin, who has been charged with attempting to kill her ill mother, Joy, will appear in the Wanganui District Court for a hearing.

MAN WANTS TO LET COMATOSE WIFE DIE
Aug 20, 1970

A man seeking to end the life of his comatose wife against the wishes of her parents asked for a court order Monday that would allow him to again cut off her food and water.

National Petition for depenalisation of euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

On June 3rd, three Luxembourg newspapers brought a short appeal to the new coming-in Government to take action on depenalisation of euthanasia - signed by 100 personalities of Luxembourg society wi

Ethical issues in diagnosis and management of patients in the permanent vegetative state
Aug 20, 1970

Derick T Wade, consultant and professor in neurological disability. Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, Oxford OX1 4XD

Summary points

  • The diagnosis of the permanent vegetative state cannot be absolutely certain
  • There is no standard test of awareness and data on prognosis are limited
  • Patients in the permanent vegetative state raise ethical issues concerning the nature of consciousness, quality of life, the value society attributes to life, and handling of uncertainty
Bylaws of the World Federation
Aug 20, 1970

The Bylaws of the World Federation, as adapted after Tokyo can be downloaded by clicking here.

Court case rekindles right-to-die debate
Aug 20, 1970

Elderly Victoria woman faces assisted suicide charges in controversial case.From: Canada.com

Recent advances: Palliative care
Aug 20, 1970

J Andrew Billings: In this article I introduce current concepts about palliative care and review advances in this subject over the past five years, highlighting developments of particular interest to generalists.

End-of-life decision-making in six European countries: descriptive study
Aug 20, 1970

On the 17th June 2003, The Lancet published a report entitled ‘End-of-life decision-making in six European countries: descriptive study’, which examines the frequency and characteristics of end-of-life decision-making practices in Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Italy (four areas), the Netherlands, Sweden and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Out of a Coma, Into a Twilight
Aug 20, 1970

Accident victim Robert Wendland is "minimally conscious." His wife wants to let him die. His mother wants to keep him alive. Now he's a test case before the state Supreme Court.

Twenty five years of requests for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Dutch general practice: trend analysis
Aug 20, 1970

This study was published in Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) which explored the question, “What is a good death?”

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