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Edito Sobel
Aug 20, 1970

In issue no. 24 of the Swiss doctors’ bulletin for the month of June, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences presented its first publication on the subject of "Treatment and care of the elderly and dependent" to be consulted by the medical profession. We found several of the points raised in this eleven page document particularly worthy of note.

Chapter 2, regarding the "decision-making process", acknowledges the initial directives and recommends appointing a trusted person as a therapeutic representative.

Australia: Rights of the Terminally Ill Act and associated materials from the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory
Aug 20, 1970
Florida Court Nixes Law Keeping Woman Alive
Aug 20, 1970

Dealing a defeat to Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that was rushed through the Legislature last fall to keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube.

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia

That this Meeting recognises that there is a wide spectrum of views about the issues of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia and strongly opposes any changes in law for the time being.
(1997)

That this Meeting continues to be against the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1995)

That this Meeting categorically rejects the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1993)

The 21st International Conference on Death and Bereavement
Aug 20, 1970

First announcement of the 21st International Conference on Death and Bereavement, to be held March 23-25, 2004 in Eilat, Israel.

Doctor Convicted in Drug Deaths
Aug 20, 1970

A psychiatrist accused of killing five elderly patients by prescribing fatal doses of morphine was convicted Monday of manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Second Reading of Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill
Aug 20, 1970

On 6th June, Lord Joffe’s Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill was, in keeping with tradition, given an unopposed second reading by members of the House of Lords.

FLA. JUDGE: WITHDRAW LIFE SUPPORT
Aug 20, 1970

A judge has again ordered that a comatose woman's feedings be stopped, siding against her parents and in favor of the husband who believes she should be allowed to die.

Murder case complicates Dutch euthanasia bill
Aug 20, 1970

The Netherlands' controversial bill to legalise mercy killing has claimed its first victim in the very profession it was designed to protect.

Brussels conference also a celebration
Aug 20, 1970

Before going to Brussels, my Berlitz guidebook told me that the people of this city "resolved long ago to have a good time, come what may, and their stoic enjoyment of life is very contagious ". And, with over a hundred different Belgian beers available, it was certainly a great place and occasion, last September, to celebrate the fact that Belgium had legalized (by a final vote of 86 to 51) physician-assisted dying in May 2002.

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