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Duty and Healing : Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic - Benjamin Freedman

Duty and Healing

Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic

Paperback Published: 21st June 1999
ISBN: 9780415921800
Number Of Pages: 352

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"Duty and Healing" positions ethical issues commonly encountered in clinical situations within Jewish law. The concept of duty is significant in exploring bioethical issues, and this book presents an authentic and non-parochial Jewish approach to bioethics, while it includes critiques of both current secular and Jewish literatures.
Among the issues the book explores are the role of family in medical decision-making, the question of informed consent as a personal religious duty, and the responsibilities of caretakers. The exploration of contemporary ethical problems in healthcare through the lens of traditional sources in Jewish law is an indispensable guide of moral knowledge.

""The book is well written and stands on its own merits. The use of real clinical cases, especially, makes for a fascinating interplay between theory and practice throughout. . . Freedman certainly fulfilled his objective of showing how "Religion [in his case, Judaism] can provide a fuller understanding, by placing the questions raised within a global and even cosmic context.'" --David Novak, University of Toronto (ONT)." "The late Benjamin Freedman's Duty and Healing" adds to his remarkable legacy and reminds us just how much we will miss his distinctive voice in bioethics. Laying the foundations for a Jewish approach to bioethics, and illustrating his arguments with numerous case "studies, Freedman shows how a model of duty offers a distinctive and illuminating perspective on ethics consultations, family decisions, informed consent, determinations of competence, and judgments about risk. I strongly recommend this book." -James F. Childress, Kyle Professor of Religious Studies & Professor of Medical Education; Co-Director, Virginia Health Policy Center University of Virginia "While Freedman's analysis is built solidly on Jewish principles, the resulting practical and theoretical construct reaches out beyond the confines of Judaism and embraces readers who do not necessarily share the author's religious ties. Freedman strongly believed that Judaism and other religious traditions provide a perspective missing, yet badly needed, in current bioethical discussion. His vision of a bioethics based on duties is one that will have broad appeal to those who have become increasingly uncomfortable with a bioethics based on a regime of rights." --Theodore Fleischer "Perspectives inBiology and Medicine

Editor's Introduction
Introduction: Goals and Framework
Prologue: Duty and Clinical Ethics Consultations from a Jewish Viewpoint
Family: The Role of the Family in Medical Decision Making for Incompetent Persons
Consent: "The Reasonable Caretaker" and the Obligation to Consent
Competency: Jewish Sources and the General Theory of Competency
Risk: Principles of Judgement in Health Care Decisions
Afterword: Next Steps in Healing and Duty
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ISBN: 9780415921800
ISBN-10: 0415921805
Series: Reflective Bioethics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.42  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1