Monday, October 7, 2013

Halocho #1192 - May one be a Doctor?

Even though illness is divinely decreed on a person; the Torah commands the Doctors to heal,as it says in Shmot 21:19 - וְרַפֹּא יְרַפֵּא - and he shall be healed.

It's a Mitzva for experts in the medical field to heal people; there is no greater Mitzva than saving lives.

A Doctor who refuses to heal is considered a murderer - even if there are other Doctors around, for some illnesses are decreed to leave only after a certain Doctor treats it.

However, somebody who is not trained to be a medical practitioner, should not try healing people, for mistreating illness is also considered murder.

 Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 192:4

 - Danny
 Monday, 3 Marchesvan 5774

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