Euthanasia Good or Bad?
Two doctors share their feelings about euthanasia.
- Dr Gerrit Kimsma, from the Netherlands, supports
the option of voluntary euthanasia.
He is a general practitioner, and a lecturer in medical ethics at the
Free University of Amsterdam.
VOLUNTARY (adj): without being forced. Willingly.
EUTHANASIA (n): painlessly killing someone to
stop more suffering.
A GENERAL PRACTITIONER is a regular doctor (not
- Dr Peter Ravenscroft is against euthanasia.
He is a Medical Professor in Palliative Care at a hospital in New South
PALLIATIVE (adj): medical treatment which reduces
suffering but does not cure.
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