Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics
The incredible medical breakthroughs of today, like genetic engineering, in-vitro fertilization, and cloning have transformed long-held beliefs on ... Show synopsis The incredible medical breakthroughs of today, like genetic engineering, in-vitro fertilization, and cloning have transformed long-held beliefs on the nature of both life and death; they raise difficult moral and religious questions. In "Matters of Life and Death," Elliot Dorff addresses the unavoidable confluence of medical technology and Jewish law and ethics. Dorff has been studying and consulting on biomedical ethics for more than thirty years. He discusses modern medical ethical dilemmas from a specifically Conservative Jewish point of view. He addresses issues such as artificial insemination, genetic engineering, cloning, surrogate motherhood, and birth control, as well as living wills, hospice care, euthanasia, organ donation, and autopsy. How do we decide which innovations to accept as appropriate in the face of Jewish tradition and which to reject? As author Elliot Dorff points out, Jewish law and ethics can be used as a foundation on which to build a contemporary perspective and understanding of the dilemmas posed by modern medicine.