By A. Carmi (auth.), Judge Amnon Carmi (eds.)

The Medicolegal Library is the 1st and in basic terms sequence of its style. Its value is self-evident. over the last decade, technological know-how, especial­ ly clinical perform, has develop into an more and more complicated less than­ taking. fresh dramatic advancements in medication have given upward push to either theoretical controversies and functional dilemmas. Society is suffering from new clinical, monetary, cultural, and felony matters. The institution of a chain similar to this seems very important for legal professionals and physicians, for sociologists and psychologists, and for the pub­ lic at huge. The editorial board of the Medicolegal Library includes dis­ tinguished scientists from many various nations and disciplines. pass judgement on Amnon Carmi acts as central sequence editor. pass judgement on Carmi is the writer of many books and articles on scientific legislations, and is Editor­ in-Chief of medication and legislation: a global magazine. The Medicolegal Library will factor books every year. the 1st 4 books, quickly to be released, will care for baby abuse, euthanasia, incapacity, and nursing, legislation and ethics. it's the want and goal of Springer-Verlag that the Medicole­ gal Library play a massive function during the international within the research and knowing of the sphere of drugs and legislations, for the good thing about either professions and of mankind at huge. Contents I. creation stay Like a King: Die Like a King A.Carmi .............. . three II. the obligation to stay and the suitable to Die at the Dichotomy of Divinity and Humanity in Jewish legislation H. H. Cohn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 31 . . . .

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The body is the temple of the soul, and it should not be desecrated by disfigurement. 253 Judaism claims that life is good and a gracious gift of God. Man should enjoy it in all ways which do not transgress the moral law and which do not impair his spiritual growth. 254 Rabbi Shmelke suffered from excruciating pains, but he never allowed them to depress him. He used to say: "The pains which have already passed have passed. As regards those that are to come, we must always hope that things will be better.

7o Akiva's ruling amounts to a vindication of the natural instinct for self-preservation: one's own right to stay alive is paramount, and the duty to preserve another man's life is subordinate to it. Ben Patura, on the other hand, postulates a human solidarity and an equality of value of human lives: how can one know - as another talmudic dictum has it - whether one's own blood is the redder: maybe one's brother's blood is the redder;71 and even from a purely egotistical point of view, it may be easier and better to die oneself than to behold, and be the cause of, the death of one's brother.

Sad a, Tel Aviv Hardan D (1969) Leket. Jerusalem 271 Congdon, 1947, p 166 272 Davidson, 1975, p 20 28 A. Carmi Hirsch W (1974) Rabbinic psychology. Goldstone, London Hoffding H (1966) Philosophy of religion. (Transl by Meyer B) Arno, London Jakobovits I (1966) Jewish medical ethics. Mossad Harav Kook, Jerusalem Kalish R (1965) The aged and the dying process: The inevitable decisions. J Soc Iss 21 Kant I (1956) Critique of practical reason. (Transl by Beck LW) Bobbs-Merril, Indianopolis New York Karib A (1968) Seven pillars of the Bible.

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