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Posted on August 29, 2017 at 4:30 AM
Check out this new 368-page book from Rabbi Jason Weiner: Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision Making.

Due to rapid advances in the medical field, existing books on Jewish medical ethics are quickly becoming outdated. 
Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision Making seeks to remedy that by presenting the most contemporary medical information and rabbinic rulings in an accessible, user-friendly manner. 

Rabbi Weiner addresses a broad range of medical circumstances such as surrogacy and egg donation, assisted suicide, and end-of-life decision making. Based on his extensive training and practical familiarity inside a major hospital, Rabbi Weiner provides clear and concise guidance to facilitate complex decision-making for the most common medical dilemmas that arise in contemporary society.

1. Facilitating Shared Decision-Making 
A. Understanding Terminology: Key Concepts to Facilitate Collaborative Decision-Making
B. Truth-Telling: When Painful Medical Information Should and Should Not Be Revealed 
C. Mental Illness: Determining Capacity and Proper Treatment in Accordance with Jewish Law  

2. How Much Treatment? 
A. Risk and Self-Endangerment: Determining the Appropriateness of Attempting Various Levels of Dangerous Medical Procedures
B. Making Decisions on Behalf of an Incapacitated Patient
C. Pediatrics: Jewish Law and Determining a Child’s Consent and Treatment 
D. Palliative Care and Hospice in Jewish Law and Thought

3. Prayer  
A. Is Prayer Ever Futile? On the Efficacy of Prayer for the Terminally Ill 
B. Viduy: Confessional Prayers Prior to Death

4.  At the End of Life
A. Advance Directives and POLST Forms  
B. End-of-Life Decision-Making: DNR, Comfort Measures, Nutrition/Hydration, and Defining “Terminal” in accordance with Jewish Law
C. Withholding vs. Withdrawing: Deactivating a Ventilator and Cessation of Dialysis and Cardiac Defibrillators at the End of Life
D. Case Study: Deactivating a Total Artificial Heart
E. Supporting Patients who Request Physician-Assisted Suicide: Towards a Nuanced Approach 
Appendix: Triage: Determining Which Patients to Prioritize in an Emergency According to Jewish Law

5.  After Death 
A. Definition of Death in Jewish Law
B. Jewish Customs at the End of Life and after One Dies
C. Organ Donation 
D. Jewish Guidance on the Loss of a Baby or Fetus
E. Autopsy and Jewish Law 
F. Cremation and Jewish Law
Appendix: Ethical Issues in the Sale of Organs 
Burial in a Mausoleum and Jewish Law 

6.  Reproductive Questions 
A. Genetic Testing, Disclosure of Results, and PGD 
B. Assisted Reproductive Technology: Fertility Issues, Artificial Insemination, IVF 
C. Abortion, Pregnancy Reduction, and Stem Cell Research 
D. Surrogacy and Egg Donation
E. Labor and Delivery: Some Jewish Customs and Issues that Arise upon the Birth of a Baby

Stories from the Front Lines: Confronting Complex Ethical Scenarios and Dilemmas

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