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[Essay] Medical ethics in Israel—bridging religious and secular values

Peter Berger, a sociologist of religion, once stated that “the theme of individual autonomy is perhaps the most important theme in the worldview of modernity”.1 Although modern bioethics was relatively late in accepting the value of personal autonomy in medical decision making, this autonomy is now universally recognised as the core value of western medical ethics. Principilism, as proposed by Beauchamp and Childress,2 lists autonomy along with beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice as the four cardinal principles of bioethics.

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