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Gerrit Kimsma, MD, MPh Biography

Associate Professor in Medical Philosophy at the Center for Ethics and Philosophy at Free University in Amsterdam
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Many, though not all, attempts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, both in America and Australia, are limited to just physician-assisted suicide and do not allow euthanasia. From the above facts, it should be abundantly clear that this limitation is headed for disaster if physicians are forbidden by law to end life actively in cases of failure of the chosen route for assistance.”

“Euthanasia and Euthanizing Drugs in the Netherlands,” Drug Use in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Eds. Margaret P. Battin and Arthur G. Lipman, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Medical Philosophy, Center for Ethics and Philosophy, Free University, Amsterdam (Holland)
  • Co-founder and Treasurer, European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, 1987-present
  • Member, Research Review Committee, Academic Hospital, Free University, 1986-present
  • Member, Ethics Committee, Royal Dutch Medical Society, 1986-1998
  • President, Dutch Society for Philosophy and Medicine, 1981-1988
  • Member, Amsterdam Program of Support and Consultation Euthanasia Amsterdam (SCEA)
  • Program Developer and Instructor, Support Consultation Euthanasia Netherlands (SCEN)
  • Member, Regional Euthanasia Evaluation Committees, Committee of South-Holland/Zeeland
  • Associate-editor, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
  • Co-editor, Ethics and Law in Medicine
  • Board Member: Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal, International Library of Law and the New Medicine, and International Dictionary of Bioethics
  • Teacher of euthanasia programs for interns and postgraduate family medicine physicians, Free University
  • MD, school unknown
  • MPh, school unknown
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?