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Another Netherlands Court Approves Euthanasia by Advance Directive

Last month, a Regional Health Care Disciplinary Court in Amsterdam dismissed (also here) a complaint against a physician who administered euthanasia to a patient with dementia. 

Nevertheless, the court also concluded that the physician failed to sufficiently investigate whether the patient's dementia was already at such an advanced stage that there was no longer any current suffering. The court noted that "euthanasia in a deeply demented patient is the subject of debate within and outside the professional group and is (therefore) exceptional in the Netherlands."...