Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Eric Vermeer
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Catherine Dopchie
    Pages 15-24 Open Access
  4. An Haekens
    Pages 39-47 Open Access
  5. Benoit Beuselinck
    Pages 75-84 Open Access
  6. Julie Blanchard
    Pages 85-91 Open Access
  7. François Trufin
    Pages 93-103 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 105-110

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.


Palliative Care Bioethics Critical views Therapeutic obstinacy Meaning of life Slippery slope Experiences from daily practice Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy Devos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HaematologyUniversitaire Ziekenhuizen LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

About the editors

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story
  • Book Subtitle Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses
  • Editors Timothy Devos
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-56794-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-56795-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 110
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Palliative Medicine
    Nursing Ethics
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