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February 10, 1999

Euthanasia: Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(6):568-569. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.568-JBK0210-2-1

How could a small country that suffered under the heel of the Nazi jackboot (recall Anne Frank) adopt, within one generation, a system of euthanasia for the terminally ill?

As a teaching hospital's Bioethics Committee cochair who practiced for many years in Oregon (the only state to have legalized physician-assisted suicide), my curiosity prompted me to go look at the Dutch system. In the summer of 1998, I spent a week in the Netherlands interviewing key people in their system of euthanasia. A tip from Kathleen Haley, JD, Executive Director of Oregon's Board of Medical Examiners, led me to purchase and read Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands before I made my visit. It was the best possible preparation for the trip, and the book is a must for anyone interested in euthanasia as practiced by the Dutch.