Ethical Reflection in End of Life Decisions: A Dutch Perspective
In the Netherlands, end-of-life decisions are an important issue in societal debate. Euthanasia (the active ending of life by a physician on the patient’s explicit request) has become legalized as a consequence of this debate, but the debate continues. Is euthanasia allowed in dementia or in cases of elderly people for whom life has lost meaning? What is the relationship between euthanasia and palliative care? Sponsored by Department of Political Science and Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota.
Speaker: Guy A.M. Widdershoven, Professor, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine; Head of the Department of Medical Humanities, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam