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World Medical Association, Declaration on Euthanasia (1987).


Adopted by the 39th World Medical Assembly Madrid, Spain, October 1987


Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient, even at the patient's own request or at the request of close relatives, is unethical. This does not prevent the physician from respecting the desire of a patient to allow the natural process of death to follow its course in the terminal phase of sickness.

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