Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-legal Dimensions

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Dealing with major issues in Jewish biomedical law, this book focuses upon the influence of morality, the rise of patient autonomy, and the role played by scientific progress in this area of Jewish Law. The book examines Jewish Law in comparison with Canon, Common, and modern Israeli law.

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Rabbi Daniel Sinclair is Professor of Jewish Comparative Biomedical Law at the College of Management Academic Studies in Tel-Aviv.

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"This excellent new book makes an important contribution to the English-language literature on Jewish medical ethics.... Defining Jewish ethics as halakhah was an apologetic move that has burdened the field ever since. Sinclair has now taken up the challenge and presented us with a brilliant analysis that examines the extra-legal dimensions as well."--The Israeli Medical Association Journal


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