Practical Medical Halachah provides concise answers to bioethical questions for health care practitioners and their patients. The more than 100 topics discussed are grouped into sections including the physician's license to heal, procreation, sexuality, circumcision, death and dying, hazardous therapy, human experimentation, mental health, and the Sabbath and medical practice. This book is unique in that it provides succinct answers for professionals in response to very specific questions. The answers were derived by the traditional process, whereby a rabbi answers questions and offers the public these answers in a book of Responsa. Practical Medical Halachah represents just such a volume. Because of the far-reaching significance of these discussions, they were all first submitted to HaGaon Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, who was universally regarded as a primary authority on contemporary questions of Jewish law, for his approval. This volume intentionally omits specific citations to the vast rabbinic literature in order to provide lucid guidance on bioethical issues without the massive talmudic and biblical background material, which is often difficult for many readers to follow. All the decisions, however, are based on classic Jewish sources.
by Fred Rosner, Moshe D.Tendler