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Jewish Biomedical Law

Daniel B. Sinclair

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780198268277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683480 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268277.001.0001
Jewish Biomedical Law

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This book deals with the following controversial issues in Jewish Law: abortion, assisted reproduction, genetics, the obligation to heal, patient autonomy, treatment of the terminally ill, the definition of death, organ donations, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. The book focuses upon the complex interplay between legal and moral elements in the decision-making process, particularly when questions of life and death (such as abortion and treatment of the terminally ill) are involved. The author argues that the moral element in Jewish biomedical law is of a universal, rational nature, and its theoretical basis may be located in a weak form of Natural law theory regarding the value of human life in the Jewish legal tradition. The concept of patient autonomy in Jewish biomedical law is more limited than in contemporary liberal jurisprudence, and is based upon theological as well as strictly legal elements. The influence of scientific thinking upon the decision-making process in Jewish biomedical law is illustrated in a discussion of the contemporary debate concerning the permissibility of heart transplants. In most chapters, Jewish law is compared and contrasted with Canon and Common Law, and the volume also discusses the role played by Jewish biomedical law in modern, secular Israeli law. In this context, it addresses the thorny issue of combining religious law with democratic principles within the framework of a secular legal system.

Keywords: abortion; assisted reproduction; genetics; obligation to heal; patient autonomy; terminally ill; death; organ donations; medical resources; Jewish law

Book.  304 pages. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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Introduction in Jewish Biomedical Law

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Abortion in Jewish Biomedical Law

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Assisted Reproduction in Jewish Biomedical Law

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Genetics in Jewish Biomedical Law

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The Terminally Ill Patient in Jewish Biomedical Law

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