Ethical Considerations in the Care of the Dying Elderly Patient

By George Pollak

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1966

This paper looks at ethical issues in relation to care for dying patients. The author explores the differences facets of this issue including the role of a physician in terms of pressures on the physician and the examination of the physician's own sense of responsibility. The piece also looks at the role of the elderly patient's children from a religious-moral perspective where the author notes that according to Jewish law, children are responsible for the welfare of their parents. The author concludes by reasserting the different roles of the children, physician and the patients, and concluding that it is permissible to let a patient die in peace if certain factors are met.

Topic: Morality, Institutional Care, Ethics, Death and Mourning, Family, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 2

Page Number(s): 138-142

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Pollak, George. Ethical Considerations in the Care of the Dying Elderly Patient. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1966: 138-142. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4835


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