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October 1, 1932

Euthanasia: A Plea for the Legalisation of Voluntary Euthanasia Under Certain Conditions.

JAMA. 1932;99(14):1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740660075037

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Abstract

The author proposes that any person who has reached years of discretion and is suffering from an incurable disease which usually entails a slow and painful death may have himself killed quickly and painlessly, instead of waiting for the death that threatens him. Imbeciles, mentally defective persons, monsters, and old persons who have become burdens to their relatives would not be entitled to the relief that the author proposes, nor would any one be allowed to commit suicide. Under the legislation suggested by the author, which he submits in the form of a bill, a person wanting to be killed would apply to a proper court for that privilege, submitting certificates from two medical practitioners to prove that he is suffering from an incurable disease and that the process of death is likely to be protracted and painful. The application and certificates would be referred to a "euthanasia referee," for

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