Medizinethik und Kultur

Grenzen medizinische Handelns in Deutschland und in den Niederlanden

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If one compares the development of modern medical ethics in Germany with those in the Netherlands, what stands out are the cultural and intellectual differences between the two countries. Dealing with the problems involved in limiting medical treatment, the authors show the differing and the common standards and values on which the discussion of this is based in both countries. Three examples, active termination of life, the do-not-resuscitate order and pain management, which are examined from an historical, legal, philosophical and ethical perspective, put this in concrete terms. The authors belong to different generations as well as different political and philosophical camps.