Duty and Healing: Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic

Duty and Healing: Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic

by Benjamin Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415921805

ISBN-13: 9780415921800

Pub. Date: 05/12/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Duty and Healing positions ethical issues commonly encountered in clinical situations within Jewish law. The concept of duty is significant in exploring bioethical issues, and this book presents an authentic and non-parochial Jewish approach to bioethics, while it

includes critiques of both current secular and Jewish literatures.

Among the issues the book

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Overview

Duty and Healing positions ethical issues commonly encountered in clinical situations within Jewish law. The concept of duty is significant in exploring bioethical issues, and this book presents an authentic and non-parochial Jewish approach to bioethics, while it

includes critiques of both current secular and Jewish literatures.

Among the issues the book explores are the role of family in medical decision-making, the question of informed consent as a personal religious duty, and the responsibilities of caretakers. The exploration of

contemporary ethical problems in healthcare through the lens of traditional sources in Jewish law is an indispensable guide of moral knowledge.

<%INTRODUCTION%> Goals and Framework

PROLOGUE: Duty and Clinical Ethics Consultations from a Jewish Viewpoint

SECTION 1. FAMILY: The Role of the Family in Medical Decision Making for Incompetent

Persons

SECTION 2. CONSENT: "The Reasonable Caretaker" and the Obligation to Consent

SECTION 3. COMPETENCY: Jewish Sources and the General Theory of Competency

SECTION 4. RISK: Principles of Judgement in Health Care Decisions

Steps in Healing and Duty

provide a fuller understanding, by placing the questions raised within a global and even cosmic context.' " --David Novak, University of Toronto (ONT)

studies, Freedman shows how a model of duty offers a distinctive and illuminating perspective on ethics consultations, family decisions, informed consent, determinations of competence, and judgments about risk. I strongly recommend this book (James F. Childress, Kyle Professor of

Religious Studies & Professor of Medical Education; Co-Director, Virginia Health Policy Center University of Virginia)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415921800
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/12/1999
Series:
Reflective Bioethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

The Book1
The Author4
Debts of Gratitude9
The Purposes of this Book13
Transliteration24
Sources: Translation and Citation25
Acknowledgments28
Prologue: Duty and Clinical Ethics Consultations from a Jewish Viewpoint
The Model of Rights35
The Model of Expert Counselor39
The Model of Duty43
The Consultation Process: Some Differences Between the Models48
Judaism and Consultations: Morality Within Relationships52
Sect. 1Family: The Role of the Family in Medical Decision Making for Incompetent Persons
A Proper Family Role: The Standard View75
Problems with the Standard View81
Families as Proxies in the Standard View89
A Family Duty97
Judaism on Duties of Children to Parents: Respectful Service and Reverent Obedience101
Duties of Children: Preventing Pain and Indignity117
The Priority of Duty127
Sect. 2Consent: "The Reasonable Caretaker" and the Obligation to Consent
The Duty to Seek Medical Treatment142
The Duty to Heal147
The Doctrine of Informed Consent in Jewish Sources152
The Nature of Medical Choice and Its Implications for Consent163
An Alternative Construction: The Reasonable Caretaker175
Sect. 3Competency: Jewish Sources and the General Theory of Competency
Competence and Communication of Choice: The Minima200
Competence and Roles: Competence as Capability and as Authorization213
Defining Mental Illness Within a Social Context: The Need for Protection228
Competency, Consent to Treatment, and Other Social Roles241
Sect. 4Risk: Principles of Judgment in Health Care Decisions
Allowable Risks 1: Risking Life to Lengthen Life262
Allowable Risks 2: Risking Pain and Life for Quality of Life279
Allowable Risks 3: The Threshold of Risk: "G-d Protects Fools"300
Subjective Aspects of Risk: Definition and Presentation309
Conclusion: Summarizing Halakhic Principles of Personal Medical Decision Making319
Afterword: Next Steps in Healing and Duty329
Sources of Jewish Law333
Glossary334
Index336

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