Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Special Section: Physician-Aided Death: The Escalating Debate

Narratives From The Netherlands

Dr. C.

I graduated from medical school in 1957. I first went into hospital practice for 3½; years, and then went to Africa for 5 years before returning to Holland to resume practicing as a Family Physician. I have also participated in the postgraduate training and education for family doctors in Amsterdam, Currently, there are approximately 2,300 patients in my practice, about average for a Dutch physi- cian. Ten percent of those patients are over the age of 65.