Various sources refer to doctors acting with the permission of the beit din; some suggest that this is a mandatory requirement and that it is forbidden to practice medicine without such permission (eg Aruch ha-Shulchan, YD 336:2; Aseh L'cha Rav 3:6, note 1).

My question is: are there any sources which deal with the revocation of this licence? Any sources which discuss a beit din withdrawing its permission? For instance, because of misconduct or incompetence or dishonesty.

  • I don't think it is possible to answer this question. The Aruch Ha-Shulchan (and modern poskim see e.g., here and here) writes that nowadays one has to have a government license to practice medicine. As such a beit din has no power to revoke such a license and wouldn't be discussing such cases. You might find interesting discussions whether it is allowed to report to the authorities cases of medical malpractice - where I believe the answer to be clearly yes.
    – mbloch
    Commented Feb 26 at 11:07
  • @mbloch that would be true of 19th c. Lithuania... but I don't see anything in the OP suggesting that he'd like to restrict the scope of his question to that time period and place. Ostensibly this is an answerable question. Commented Feb 28 at 13:14
  • Do you know a location where a beit din licenses doctors? If not the question cannot be answered unless it is meant in a historical context
    – mbloch
    Commented Feb 28 at 17:56
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    @mbloch It’s fairly obviously meant in a historical context.
    – Zarka
    Commented Feb 28 at 19:55


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