n South African Medical Journal - The Fabricius decision on the Stransham-Ford case - an enlightened step in the right direction : izindaba

Volume 105, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Many diseases are associated with incredible pain and suffering. Others impair function and independence to the extent that human dignity is eroded. In many instances the natural history of such conditions often leads to death within a reasonable period of time. In some cases, protracted ill health, pain, suffering and indignity ensue. Such circumstances have since time immemorial triggered the debate on euthanasia - a debate on what it means to have a good death. Acting compassionately, many South African (SA) doctors have, to some extent, either passively or actively assisted patients in achieving a good death.

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