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Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story

Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses

Editors: Devos, Timothy (Ed.)

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  • Offers a new critical analysis of euthanasia
  • Written by health care professionals in Belgium – where euthanasia has been legal for 17 years
  • Provides a real-world multidisciplinary approach with contributions of hematologists, psychiatrists, palliative care doctors, nurses and an ethicist
  • Present lessons learned from the application of laws in countries that have legalized euthanasia
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About this book

This open access book has been written by ten Belgian health care professionals, nurses, university professors and doctors specializing in palliative care and ethicists who, together, raise questions concerning the practice of euthanasia.  They share their experiences and reflections born out of their confrontation with requests for euthanasia and end-of-life support in a country where euthanasia has been decriminalized since 2002 and is now becoming a trivial topic.Far from evoking any militancy, these stories of life and death present the other side of a reality needs to be evaluated more rigorously.Featuring multidisciplinary perspectives, this though-provoking and original book is intended not only for caregivers but also for anyone who questions the meaning of death and suffering, as well as the impact of a law passed in 2002. Presenting real-world cases and experiences, it highlights the complexity of situations and the consequences of the euthanasia law.This book appeals to palliative care providers, hematologists, oncologists, psychiatrists, nurses and health professionals as well as researchers, academics, policy-makers, and social scientists working in health care. It is also a unique resource for those in countries where the decriminalization of euthanasia is being considered. Sometimes shocking, it focuses on facts and lived experiences to challenge readers and offer insights into euthanasia in Belgium.

About the authors

Professor Dr Timothy Devos is an internist-haematologist. Appointed in 2007 at the Leuven University Hospitals (UZ Leuven) in Belgium, he became a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 2009. His special clinical and research interests are palliative care, myeloproliferative syndromes and blood transfusion. He is the reference doctor in palliative care of the Haematology team at UZ Leuven.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • The Slippery Slope Syndrome

    Pages 1-14

    Vermeer, Eric

  • The Doctor Turned into an Instrument

    Pages 15-24

    Dopchie, Catherine

  • When Conscience Wavers. Some Reflections on the Normalization of Euthanasia in Belgium

    Pages 25-37

    Lemmens, Willem

  • Euthanasia for Unbearable Psychological Suffering

    Pages 39-47

    Haekens, An

  • People Facing the Question of Euthanasia: Patients, Family and Friends, Healthcare Workers

    Pages 49-59

    Karplus, Rivka

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-56795-8
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Softcover $49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-56794-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story
Book Subtitle
Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses
Editors
  • Timothy Devos
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56795-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56795-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-56794-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 110
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