Jewish Bioethics / Edition 1by Fred Rosner, J. David Bleich, Menachem M. Brayer
Pub. Date: 08/28/2000
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
How do you define the precise moment of death? Should "pulling the plug" and mercy killings be allowed by law? Is it necessary to control the birth of "test tube babies"? Should abortions be legal and freely available? What are the social implications of sex-change operations? Should research on cloning and genetic engineering be allowed and encouraged? Should doctors… See more details below
How do you define the precise moment of death? Should "pulling the plug" and mercy killings be allowed by law? Is it necessary to control the birth of "test tube babies"? Should abortions be legal and freely available? What are the social implications of sex-change operations? Should research on cloning and genetic engineering be allowed and encouraged? Should doctors be permitted to perform medical experiments on human subjects?
For Jews, questions of this nature can only be answered within the framework of Halakhah (Jewish Law), and the great strides made in recent years by the life-sciences have opened up a host of such medical/halakhic problems. For while it has no quarrel with science itself, Judaism does demand that, like all human activities, science subordinate itself to higher ethical and legal imperatives. So scholars must first attempt to identify and formulate the ethnical issues involved, even before they can make judgments and suggest answers.
In Jewish Bioethics, Fred Rosner, and Rabbi J. David Bleich have brought together the outstanding medical and rabbinic experts in the field to explore and discuss some of these most urgent and fascinating questions. Not only are many answers suggested, but also the halakhic decision making process is seen at work on matters of vital concern to our society and to every person in it.
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Table of Contents
|Preface to the Augmented Edition||xi|
|Introduction: The A Priori Component of Bioethics||xv|
|The Practice of Medicine|
|1.||The Obligation to Heal in the Judaic Tradition: A Comparative Analysis||3|
|2.||The Physician and the Patient in Jewish Law||47|
|3||Pigeons as a Remedy (Segulah) for Jaundice||59|
|Sexuality and Procreation|
|4.||Be Fruitful and Multiply||71|
|7.||Contraception in Jewish Law||105|
|8.||Population Control--the Jewish View||117|
|9.||Artificial Insemination in Jewish Law||125|
|10.||Jewish Views on Abortion||139|
|11.||Abortion in Halakhic Literature||155|
|12.||Tay-Sachs Disease: To Screen Or Not To Screen||197|
|14.||Judaism and the Modern Attitude to Homosexuality||215|
|Mental Health and Drugs|
|15.||Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Halakhah: A Torah Perspective on the Philosophy of Behavior Change||239|
|16.||Drugs: A Jewish View||259|
|Death and Dying|
|17.||The Jewish Attitude Toward Euthanasia||271|
|18.||The Quinlan Case: A Jewish Perspective||285|
|19.||Establishing Criteria of Death||297|
|20.||The Halakhic Definition of Death||317|
|21.||Neurological Criteria of Death and Time of Death Statutes||325|
|22.||Research and/or Training on the Newly Dead: The Jewish Perspective||339|
|23.||Suicide in Jewish Law||349|
|24.||Autopsy in Jewish Law and the Israeli Autopsy Controversy||363|
|25.||What is the Halakhah for Organ Transplants?||383|
|26.||Organ Transplantation in Jewish Law||389|
|27.||Medical Experimentation on Humans in Jewish Law||409|
|28.||Experimentation on Human Subjects||417|
|29.||Judaism and Human Experimentation||421|
|30.||Judaism and Gene Design||435|
|31.||Genetic Engineering and Judaism||443|
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