Invited commentary on … When unbearable suffering incites psychiatric patients to request euthanasia†

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Summary

Euthanasia is available in Belgium and Luxembourg for untreatable and unbearable suffering resulting from ‘physical and/or psychological suffering that cannot be alleviated and results from a serious and incurable disease, caused by accident or illness’. Verhofstadt et al's valuable analysis of testimonials from psychiatric patients requesting euthanasia demonstrates that elements of this suffering might well be alleviated. We should not kill our patients.

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