Of doctor-patient sex and assisted suicide

Y. Michael Barilan*

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The ethical chapter of the Israel Medical Association has recently issued guidelines with regard to sexual relationships between doctors and patients or past patients. This paper juxtaposes the paternalistic and severe attitude to doctor-patient sex with the relaxation and individualization of decisions regarding doctors' involvement in assisted suicide, passive and active euthanasia. The discussion bears on our concepts of palliative care and our expectations from it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2003


  • Doctor-patient relationship
  • Hippocratic osth
  • Palliative care
  • Right to die
  • Sexual relationship


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