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The Israeli "Terminally Ill Patient Law"

Medical Ethics and the End of Life

The Israeli "Terminally Ill Patient Law": Medical Ethics and the End of Life

In 2005 a law was passed in Israel regulating the treatment of dying patients. Its most controversial aspect was the distinction it makes between withholding therapy (which it allows) and withdrawing continuous therapy (which it does not allow). Prof. Charles Sprung, director of the ICU at Hadassah Medical Center, helped write this law. Here he talks about how the law came to be and how it attempted to satisfy Jewish law (halachah).
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