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The Terminally Ill Patient

Daniel B. Sinclair

in Jewish Biomedical Law

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780198268277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268277.003.0005
The Terminally Ill Patient

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This chapter begins with a brief survey of the pre-modern law of the goses, which sets the scene for a detailed discussion of the attempts by modern halakhic authorities to deal with the complex and morally challenging debate surrounding the withdrawal of sophisticated life-support technology from terminally ill patients. The gap between the natural death context of the old sources and the hospitalized terminal patient of contemporary times is a dramatic one, giving rise to a host of legal and moral issues. In addition, there is the very basic question of how to read halakhic sources set in an ancient medical setting in a way that will endow them with significance for contemporary times.

Keywords: terminal patient; life support; euthanasia; halakhah; Jewish biomedical law

Chapter.  24702 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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