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BELGIUM READY TO VOTE ON EUTHANASIA LAW
Aug 20, 1970

Belgian lawmakers have agreed on a draft law to legalise euthanasia in certain cases, subject to approval by parliament later this year.

Better communication needed between pharmacists and doctors about doses and techniqus for euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

Interview with former professor of pharmacology and hospital doctor, dr. Jan Glerum

How it's done in Switzerland
Aug 20, 1970

The World Conference in Brussels provided the opportunity to listen to numerous presentations from experts in the field. None of us, however, could hear every presentation. I would do a disservice to our presenters, therefore, if I attempted to summarize the work of each presenter in just a few words.

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.

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
Uncertainty about Dutch euthanasia law’s future
Aug 20, 1970

The newsletter of the Dutch organization, Right To Die-NL (NVVE) reports worries about the future of the law permitting voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands.

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.

Poll: Many doctors back assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Rank-and-file doctors favor physician-assisted suicide by nearly twice the rate of the elected leadership of the nation's premier medical organization, according to a survey by a Baylor College of Medicine professor.

Evelyn Martens case proceeds to trial
Aug 20, 1970

Evelyn Martens of the Right-to-Die Network of Canada was arrested and charged with aiding an counselling the suicides of two terminally ill individuals. The trial is expected to begin in September 2004.

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