“Euthanasia”: a confusing term, abused under the Nazi regime and misused in present end-of-life debate

  title={“Euthanasia”: a confusing term, abused under the Nazi regime and misused in present end-of-life debate},
  author={Andrej Michalsen and Konrad Reinhart},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
BackgroundLegal provisions in The Netherlands and Belgium currently allow physicians to actively end a patient's life at his or her request under certain conditions. The term that is used for this is “euthanasia.”DiscussionThe same term, “euthanasia,” was used in Germany during the Nazi regime for a program of cleansing the “German nation” in which untold thousands of persons were denied human empathy or medical care and were thereby condemned to death. The medical profession played a leading… 

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