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Mogen artsen een gezond ledemaat amputeren?

Research group Willuhn
Publication year 2014
Published in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Authors D. Denys,
The order of authors may deviate from the original publication due to temporary technical issues.

A recent article in the Dutch Journal of Medicine describes two cases of patients with body integrity identity disorder (BIID), a disorder in which patients might resort to self-amputation in order to create the body they wish for. The authors wonder if medical professionals should provide elective amputations in BIID patients in order to prevent them from harm and death. The amputation of a healthy limb in BIID in a medical context is currently under discussion. Doctors struggle to proceed to elective amputation of a healthy body part in BIID. An analogy with gender dysphoria or euthanasia might shed a different light on this dilemma.

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