Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium

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David Albert Jones, Chris Gastmans, Calum MacKellar
Cambridge University Press, Sep 21, 2017 - Law
Examining the evidence from Belgium – one of only five countries where euthanasia is practised legally – an international panel of experts considers the implications of legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. Looking at the issue from an international perspective, the authors have written an invaluable in-depth analysis of the ethical aspects of this complex area. The discussion forms a solid foundation for informed debate about assisted dying. With contributors from a broad range of disciplines, this book is ideal for students, academics, legislators and anyone interested in legal, medical, social and philosophical ethics. A vital and timely examination of a growing phenomenon and one of the most challenging ethical questions of our time.
 

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Contents

A Discussion of the Legal Rules on Euthanasia
7
The Belgian Experience of Euthanasia Since Its Legal
26
Euthanasia cases declared for multiple disorders
32
Registered euthanasia cases
45
Ethics and the Psychiatric Dimensions
49
The Current Situation in Flanders
67
How Does it Compare
86
FirstLine Observations by an Oncologist
101
Euthanizing People Who Are Tired of Life
188
Euthanasia in Persons with Severe Dementia
202
Some Possible Consequences Arising from
219
Bringing
235
Psychiatric Patients and the Culture of Euthanasia
258
Final Conclusions on Final Solutions
278
Wet Betreffende de Euthanasie 28 Mei 2002
284
Loi Relative à LEuthanasie 28 Mai 2002
295

A Last Act of Grace? Organ Donation and Euthanasia
114
A Life Worth Living? Disabled People and Euthanasia
133
Euthanasia in Patients with Intolerable Suffering
150
Keep Asking the Right
173
The Belgian Act on Euthanasia
305
References
316
Index
352
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David Albert Jones is Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford and a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham. He is Vice-chair of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee.

Chris Gastmans is a Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium. He was a member of the Bureau of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics and held the positions of Secretary-General, Treasurer and President.

Calum MacKellar is Director of Research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Edinburgh and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

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