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Shlomo Minkowitz

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Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Minkowitz M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Shlomo is also the founder and director of The Gedaliah Society, a network of Chabad medical professionals, and can be reached at gedaliahsociety@gmail.com.
A patient has advanced metastatic cancer and the doctors believe she will succumb. There is one new experimental treatment which may possibly reverse the disease, but the treatment is dangerous, and if it does not succeed it will kill her.
The patient adamantly refuses treatment, preferring to die. Would halachah sanction his request?
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Does Judaism view alternative medicine as a good thing, something to be tolerated, or is it actually forbidden?
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