Contemporary Biomedical Ethical Issues in Jewish Law

By Fred Rosner

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 239

ISBN: 978-088-125-946-9


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Recent advances in biomedical technology and therapeutic procedures have generated a moral crisis in modern medicine. The vast strides made in medical science and technology have created options which, only a few decades earlier, would have been relegated to the realm of science fiction. With the unfolding of new discoveries and techniques, the scientific and intellectual communities have developed a keen awareness of the ethical issues which arise out of man's enhanced ability to control his destiny.
In Contemporary Biomedical Ethical Issues and Jewish Law, Dr. Fred Rosner, a distinguished physician and an expert in medicine and Jewish law, discusses the major ethical issues in 28 areas including: the beginning of life, patient's rights, informed consent, confidentiality, end of life and more.
Written in non-technical language, this volume makes the subject accessible to both the lay and health professional reader.
About the Author
Fred Rosner, M.D., F.A.C.P. was Director of the Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and an attending physician at Queens Hospital. He has published a wide range of articles on Judaism and medicine, and is the author of Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud and Modern Medicine and Jewish Ethics.

Table of Contents
PART I.The Beginning of Life
1. Genetic Screening and Genetic Therapy
2. The Ethical Use of Stem Cells
3. Medical Research in Children
4. Human Cloning
5. Separating Siamese Twins

6. The Treatment of Newborns with Ambiguous or Traumatized Genitalia
PART II. Patients' Rights, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Related Topics
7. Physicians' Fees in Jewish Law
8. Medical Confidentiality and Patient Privacy
9. Court-Ordered Medical and Surgical Interventions
10. Informed Consent: Recent Developments
11. Informing the Patient about a Fatal Disease: From Paternalism to Autonomy
12. Medical Malpractice, Negligence, and Liability in Liability
13. Problem Doctors: Is There a Solution?
14. Patients' Rights and Caregivers' Rights (Physicians and Nurses)
PART III. End of Life
15. The Terri Schiavo Case in Jewish Law
16. Death by Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration: Mercy or Murder?
17. Hospice Care for the Terminally Ill: Help or Hindrance?
18. Futile Care for the Terminally Ill: It May Be Legal,
But Is It Ethical or Morally Justifiable?
19. Human Research in Critically Ill Patients in an ICU or
Emergency Room Setting
20. Organ Transplantation and Jewish Law
21. Payment for Organ Donors
PART IV. Miscellaneous Topics
22. Ethical Dilemmas of an Observant Jewish Physician Practicing in a Secular Society
23. Managed Care: A Jewish View
24. Therapeutic Efficacy of Laughter in Medicine
25. Allocation or Misallocation of Limited Medical Resources
26. Are the Courts Practicing Medicine?
27. Smoking, Lung Cancer, and the Tobacco Industry: Ethical Considerations
28. Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared?