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LONDON MUSEUM EXHIBITS EUTHANASIA MACHINE

Invented by Australian "Doctor Death"

LONDON, (ZENIT.org).- The first machine invented to kill patients legally is now in the London Museum of Sciences, with its Australian inventor making a special appearance. Philip Nitschke's defense of euthanasia earned him the title "Doctor Death" in the Australian media.

This machine killed 4 people in Australia's Northern Territory before the Federal Parliament in Canberra overturned the legislation on the right to die in March of 1997.

According to "The Times," the machine will be exhibited in the Welcome wing of the London Museum of Sciences, which will open in July. The Museum of Sciences paid 1,000 pounds sterling for the euthanasia machine, which was gathering dust in the doctor's Darwin shed, after Sydney's Powerhouse Museum refused to exhibit it.

Dr. Nitschke injected a needle in the patient's arm and placed a portable computer on the bed. The computer asked the patient twice if he realized what he was doing and warned him that if he pressed the button he would die. When the question was asked a third time, the patient had to push the space bar to respond affirmatively. Any other button would abort the suicide.

Fifteen seconds after pushing the button, a message was sent to the unit that activated a compressor. A 14-inch tube containing 100 ml of liquid Nembutal was filtered through a fine syringe into the patient's arm, making him fall asleep and causing his death five minutes later.

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