The first explicit steps towards legislation to regulate the conditions under which physician-assistance in dying in the Netherlands is allowed were already set in the late 70s and early 80s of the previous century. In 1973 in the so-called Postma case, a physician helped her mother to end her life upon her explicit and repeated request. The court judged that the physician had committed murder, but gave her only a suspended sentence while explicitly acknowledging that it is not in all circumstances the physician’s duty to do anything to prolong their patient’s life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus MCDepartment of Public HealthRotterdamThe Netherlands

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