Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Decision Making

Jewish perspectives on end-of-life decision making

Modern Judaism has its origins in a religious and intellectual tradition dating back about 3,500 years. This tradition includes a wellspring of legal and ethical literature that has been created over that period and that continues to be written to this day as new issues arise. The sources for this chapter are drawn primarily from the writings of contemporary thinkers who represent the major viewpoints of American Jewish religious thought. Although many Jews make important contributions to the general literature of medical ethics, the current review is confined to those who consciously include Jewish sources as part of their intellectual frame of reference. My personal perspective is that of a geriatric physician who has ...

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