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The new Israeli law on the care of the terminally ill: conceptual innovations waiting for implementation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17951889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Israel has recently enacted a law on the care of terminally ill patients. This law, the Patient Nearing Death Act, is the first of its kind in the world. The law divides terminally ill patients--upon their own wishes--into two separate groups: "those who wish their lives be prolonged," and those who do not. Doctors will have to abide by elaborate advanced directives and take into account various sources of information on the presumed wishes of the patient. The law sanctions discontinuation of mechanical ventilation should it become a "cyclical" rather than "continuous" therapy, a provision that has implications for the use of the already available paraPAC ventilators. The law exposes gaps in modern Judaism between the religious law and the attitudes of the observant population with regard to medical ethics.
Y Michael Barilan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perspectives in biology and medicine     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0031-5982     ISO Abbreviation:  Perspect. Biol. Med.     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-22     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401132     Medline TA:  Perspect Biol Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  557-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Education, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Advance Directives / legislation & jurisprudence
Diffusion of Innovation*
Ethics, Medical
Euthanasia, Active, Voluntary
Refusal to Treat / legislation & jurisprudence*
Respiration, Artificial
Terminally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*

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