Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dangerous medical treatment


"What doctor would not give antibiotics, in a case of need, because of the rare danger of very serious complications involved in giving such medications? In surgery, too, there is a need for such decisions. There is mortal danger in every surgery, whether from the surgery or from the anesthesia. Were we instructed to act only when our success was certain and there was no reason to suspect that our actions might speed the patient's death, then the practice of medicine would be entirely shut down. The medical decision is the balance between potential and danger."

(Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg, Tzitz Eliezer 13:87)

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