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gc08-9 - THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION IN END OF LIFE CARE...

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1 8/3/08 Cassem/MGH 1 THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION IN END OF LIFE CARE PSYCHIATRIC PERSPECTIVE ON MANAGEMENT OF SUFFERING AND LIFE ENHANCEMENT Ned H. Cassem, MD Chair, MGH Psychiatry Professor, Harvard Medical School 8/3/08 Cassem/MGH 2 NETHERLANDS: REASONS FOR REQUESTING EUTHANASIA LOSS OF DIGNITY 57% PAIN* 46% UNWORTHY DYING 46% BEING DEPENDENT ON OTHERS 33% TIRED OF LIFE 23% *PAIN AS ONLY SYMPTOM 5% Van der Maas et al, Lancet 1991; 338: 669-74.
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