Heal Thyself

Doctors start a hunger strike

As the white-coated physician leaned over his patient, holding a stethoscope to his chest, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. But one detail did distinguish the examination from those conducted routinely in Israeli hospitals: the paper pinned to the patient's left sleeve identified him as "Dr. Niksa. Hunger Striker. Orthopedics Department." Throughout Israel last week doctors were collapsing in emergency rooms or working with intravenous tubes hanging from their arms. Of the country's 28 hospitals most were handling nothing but emergency cases, and only four were functioning...

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