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It is interesting to note in the 2005 data issued by the Dutch Review Committees on hastened death that relatively few dying persons opt for the doctor to help them to die by oral ingestion of lethal drugs.

Total number of deaths in Holland in 2005: 136,402

Number of reports of hastened deaths: 1,933

By euthanasia (direct injection): 1,765

By physician-assisted suicide (oral): 143

By combination : 25

Source: Pamphlet “Helping people to die in dignity in the Netherlands” by
Aycke Smook MD, surgeon-oncologist, SCEN-doctor. An ERGO publication for NuTech.

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