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On Family or Doctors Making Decisions

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On Family or Doctors Making Decisions

Rabbi Steinsaltz suggests that though doctors and family members typically have no special right over the body of their patients and family members, in certain situations they, as the closest legal guardians, would be given permission to make decisions regarding them. The Rabbi cites several examples in which people are obligated to make medical decisions for those in need of medical treatment because those in need do not have the capacity to consent to measures that would preserve their health.
Health, Illness and Healing, Medicine, Medical Ethics

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