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May 5, 1962


JAMA. 1962;180(5):403-405. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050180049012

I am grateful to Walter Bauer for suggesting that I read the comprehensive discussion on this subject, prepared by Immanuel Jakobovits of New York, formerly Chief Rabbi in Ireland.1 The latter title may sound somewhat incongruous, but not many years ago The Honorable Robert Briscoe, a prominent Jewish citizen, was the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The jacket of Jewish Medical Ethics states that this is "the first comprehensive treatise on the subject—and indeed on the history of religious medical ethics in general." Jacobovits makes a strong logical plea for the supremacy of moral law in contrast to domination by moral automation. It is necessary for man to control the spectacular and sometimes ominous effects of science and technology within the confines of moral consideration. Since medicine and Judaism have enjoyed a close kinship for many centuries, it seems reasonable to the author that "Jewish law is best qualified to address

Jakobovits, I.:  Jewish Medical Ethics , New York: Philosophical Library, 1959.