The first Assia journal in the Assia series was published in 1970. The goal of the series was defined in the journalÔÇÖs introduction: "To provide for those interested and connected to this field, medical and ethical problems, solutions and ethical thought processes of those Rabbis and doctors that have dealt with these problems."
The first issue was published under the name ÔÇťpublications in topics of halacha and medicine,ÔÇŁ and contained eleven abstracts, without original articles. The second issue was released in February 1971 and was the first to be published under the name ÔÇťAssiaÔÇŁ. It appeared in the present format and included original articles, abstracts and bibliographical references to further sources. Assia ÔÇô the journals name ÔÇô means ÔÇťdoctorÔÇŁ in Aramaic. Next to the journalÔÇÖs title appears the words "Asi Chigratath," in other words, ÔÇśdoctor start by healing yourself, not only physically but ethically.ÔÇÖ
Until today 80 editions of Assia have been published in which have appeared close to a thousand professional articles and bibliographies. As a result of the journalsÔÇÖ success nine Assia books were published including a new edition of Assia essays with an index. These essays deal with a variety of topics, including: scientific, legal, ethical and halachic aspects of cloning, determining time of death, heart transplantations, truth-telling to the dangerously ill patient, halachic and medical aspects of the AIDS virus, psychiatry and halacha, the selling of organs, the cessation of medical treatment and euthanasia, initial counseling for a juvenile with homosexual urges, smoking and life expectancy, coercive medical treatment, the surrogate mother, medical dilemmas of hospital nurses and naturally, practical halachic principles connected to the obligation to save human life.
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