This book selects a number of questions to which the answers actually encompass medical ethics issues including genetic engineering, new birth techniques, surrogate parenthood, embryo research, marriage, sex selection, saving and preserving life, transplant surgery, scarce resources, care of the critically ill, living will, organ donations and transplants, and even touches upon disaster management. Rabbi Shulman has organized and collected answers to the most frequently asked questions. Many of the question selected had been asked repeatedly and are therefore to be considered very much on today's agenda.
Nisson E. Shulman has served as a rabbi in leading congregations on three continents: New York's Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Sydney, Australia's Central Synagogue, and London's St. John Wood Synagogue, the flagship congregation of the United Synagogue (Orthodox) of Great Britain. He is the author of Authority and Community, which recreates the community of Central Europe from where most Ashkenazic Jews are descended. A former editor of the Medical Ethics Yearbook for London's Jew College, Rabbi Shulman currently serves as the Director of the Department of Communal Services, RIETS, Yeshiva University in New York City. He served on the Commission on Medical Ethics of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, New York City, and resides in Manhattan with his wife, Rywka.