Drs. Sabine Netters (University of Groningen)

'... this downy sleep, death's counterfeit' (Shakespeare W. Macbeth. 2e bedrijf, 3e scène)

Sabine Netters is a resident in general medicin. Next year she will start her fellowship medical oncology at the academic hospital in Groningen (UMCG). Besides being a doctor, she also studies philosophy.
She is particularly interested in "end-of-life" issues. Soon to be an oncologist these kind of issues are pretty much "every day practice" to her.

In 2002 the Dutch government legislated euthanasia. Euthanasia is a procedure in which a doctor ends a patients life (at the patients request) by administrating lethal drugs.
Besides euthanasia there is another possibility to end someone's suffering, this is called: palliative sedation.
In 2005 the Royal Dutch Committee on Medicine (KNMG) published a guideline regarding palliative sedation. Palliative sedation is defined as administering drugs to keep the patient continuously in deep sedation or coma until death without giving artificial nutrition or hydration.

During the workshop Sabine will discuss (the differences between) euthanasia and palliative sedation. Based on her own experiences (both euthanasia and palliative sedation) she will try to translate her medical actions into a theoretical concept. The opposite will be a sked of the participants: to translate philosophical views on these topics into day-to-day medical practice.

If you want to prepare yourself, please read this paper. For more information visit: , you'll find more papers on this subject (downloads). You can also read an essay Sabine wrote for De Groene Amsterdammer.