No Mercy

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 936
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.936a

According to the ScienceScope item “Dedicated to history” (20 Oct., p. 421), German scientific research organizations have dedicated a new monument to “the victims of Nazi euthanasia crimes.” However, the accepted definition of euthanasia is “mercy killing,” such as to end an individual's suffering during a painful and life-ending disease, presumably with his or her consent. Perhaps someone needs to give these organizations a better German-English dictionary.

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