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Euthanasia is not medicine
  1. Pablo Monedero
  1. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pablo Monedero, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Navarra, Pamplona 31008, Spain; pmonedero{at}

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On 25 June, the euthanasia regulation law came into force in Spain,1 which involves the medical profession without having counted on it. Our politicians have not consulted doctors because the law contradicts our code of ethics2 since euthanasia is not medicine.

The purpose of the law, to help patients die, is what doctors do in our usual work and is called palliative medicine. A euthanasia law without promoting palliative care is a deception because it does not improve the end of life but rather ends it.

Medicine makes it easier to die without suffering through …

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