t is little doubt that marijke spent much of her 76 years in torment, beginning with her infancy in a japanese concentration camp after the invasion of the dutch east indies, in 1941, and recurring during her unhappy adulthood in the netherlands but dutch doctors don’t euthanise people because of depression – even if the more extreme advocates of the right to die think they should as a result, it isn’t uncommon for depressives or lonely people to emphasise a physical ailment in order to get their euthanasia request approved during his time on the review board, theo boer came across several cases in which the “death wish preceded the physical illness … some patients are happy to be able to ask for euthanasia on the basis of a physical reason, while the real reason is deeper”