Lege Artis Medicinae

[Euthanasia movements in Europe]

HEGEDŰS Katalin

AUGUST 31, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(08)

[The development of modern medicine has meant that the majority of people who are dying today die in hospital. Medicine has extended the life span of people, and we are living much longer. The period of terminal illness is also being prolonged and this dying process is often artificially prolonged. Dying people are forced to endure many painful, useless interventions at the end of their lives, often because they are not informed about their condition and cannot decide their own fate. Various devices are used to "keep alive" unconscious human wrecks for years or decades. The euthanasia movement has emerged in the world over the last decades as an alternative to artificial life support, the so-called 'rage to cure'. ]

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