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Euthanasia - Definition


Euthanasia is the practice of causing the death of a patient for medical reasons, such as an incurable disease associated with suffering or unbearable pain. It may be active, meaning that death is due to the administration of a product, or passive, when the stop of care is initiated, and only so-called comfort care is provided (analgesics for pain, breathing comfort ...) It is also called assisted suicide when the setting and the materials to commit suicide are given to the patient. Active euthanasia is now considered a crime. The Leonetti law of 2005 and the report of Professor Sicard in 2012 aim to better adapt the management of end-of-life.