Table Of Contents
Part I: Introduction & Essays
The Failings of Secular Medical Ethics
An Introduction to Jewish Medical Ethics:
The Halachic Process
The Jewish Approach to Medical Ethics
Development of Jewish Law
Laws Applying to Physicians (Code of Jewish Law)
Part II: Topics in Jewish Medical Ethics: Articles & Letters (Articles are in bold. Letters are in normal print)
When is a baby considered a person?
The Role Of A Physician
Is there a concept of “doogma” for physicians?
Should physicians be present for state-sanctioned torture?
Community good vs the individual-should healthcare workers be tested for infectious diseases?
Should there be mandatory HIV testing for medical practioners?
Respecting a psychotic patient’s request for confidentiality before his illness presented
Is Managed Care Unethical?
Are specialists really better?
The Ethics Of Cloning
Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction
Reduction of quadruplets
The Sanctity Of The Human Body
Disposal of organs removed at surgery?
When is cosmetic surgery permitted?
May a Jew use medications derived from pigs?
Does medicine have to be kosher?
Dangerous Medical Procedures
May healthy people volunteer for clinical studies?
End of Life Choices
Is it permitted to buy and sell organs?
Does organ donation preclude a Jewish burial?
Is it permitted to carry an organ donor card?
Case of a very ill patient– what should be done?
Informed Consent From the Patient’s Perspective
Does Halacha Restrict Healthcare Planning?
Risk Taking Behavior
Halachic issues regarding futility of medical treatment: Application to nutrition and hydration in the terminally ill patient
Stem Cell Research in Jewish Law
Part III: Appendix
“Stem Cells: A Primer,” National Institutes of Health, May 2000
End of Life Issues in Halacha– Additional Bibliographic Material
Abortion Issues in Halacha– Additional Bibliographic Material
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