Jewish Bioethics / Edition 1

Jewish Bioethics / Edition 1

by Fred Rosner, J. David Bleich, Menachem M. Brayer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0881256625

ISBN-13: 9780881256628

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881256628
Publisher:
KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
AUGM. ED.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Preface to the Augmented Editionxi
Introduction: The A Priori Component of Bioethicsxv
The Practice of Medicine
1.The Obligation to Heal in the Judaic Tradition: A Comparative Analysis3
2.The Physician and the Patient in Jewish Law47
3Pigeons as a Remedy (Segulah) for Jaundice59
Sexuality and Procreation
4.Be Fruitful and Multiply71
5.Sex Preselection91
6.Test-Tube Babies99
7.Contraception in Jewish Law105
8.Population Control--the Jewish View117
9.Artificial Insemination in Jewish Law125
10.Jewish Views on Abortion139
11.Abortion in Halakhic Literature155
12.Tay-Sachs Disease: To Screen Or Not To Screen197
13.Transsexual Surgery209
14.Judaism and the Modern Attitude to Homosexuality215
Mental Health and Drugs
15.Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Halakhah: A Torah Perspective on the Philosophy of Behavior Change239
16.Drugs: A Jewish View259
Death and Dying
17.The Jewish Attitude Toward Euthanasia271
18.The Quinlan Case: A Jewish Perspective285
19.Establishing Criteria of Death297
20.The Halakhic Definition of Death317
21.Neurological Criteria of Death and Time of Death Statutes325
22.Research and/or Training on the Newly Dead: The Jewish Perspective339
23.Suicide in Jewish Law349
24.Autopsy in Jewish Law and the Israeli Autopsy Controversy363
Organ Transplantation
25.What is the Halakhah for Organ Transplants?383
26.Organ Transplantation in Jewish Law389
Human Experimentation
27.Medical Experimentation on Humans in Jewish Law409
28.Experimentation on Human Subjects417
29.Judaism and Human Experimentation421
Genetic Engineering
30.Judaism and Gene Design435
31.Genetic Engineering and Judaism443
Biographical Notes455

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