the Dutch cure

the Dutch cure

The act of committing suicide when considered the cowardly response for one's ailment or woes. The disparaging use of the word "Dutch" is a reference to the fierce rivalry between England and the Dutch in the 17th century. After her daughter died, we were worried that Mary might be tempted to relieve her grief with the Dutch cure. I always told myself that if I were ever diagnosed with a terminal disease, I'd take the Dutch cure to end it all before life became too miserable.
See also: cure, Dutch

the Dutch cure

verb
See also: cure, Dutch
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Herbert Hendin, MD, Executive Director of the American Suicide Foundation and Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, has written the following authoritative analysis of euthanasia in The Netherlands in his Seduced By Death: Doctors, Patients and the Dutch Cure.
As the complex and emotional arguments ebb and flow in this country, we would do well to take a look at the Netherlands, "the only country where euthanasia is accepted practice," as Herbert Hendin writes in Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients and the Dutch Cure (Norton, 256 pages, $27.
Get hold of Herbert Hendin's excellent book, Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and the Dutch Cure, 1997.