oa South African Family Practice - Is there a place for voluntary active euthanasia in modern-day medicine? : ethics CPD article

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



This article discusses various ethical and legal concepts regarding euthanasia and includes notions such as physician-assisted suicide, assisted suicide, voluntary active euthanasia, killing versus letting die, indirect euthanasia and terminal sedation. Is there a difference if death is foreseen, but not intended? This article opens up the debate and addresses pertinent issues for the family practitioner.

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