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Health Care and the Ethics of Encounter: A Jewish Discussion of Social Justice (Studies in Social Medicine) Paperback – October 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0807848289 ISBN-10: 080784828X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Social Medicine
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (October 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080784828X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zoloth has written a book that is clinically astute, politically relevant, and abundant in wisdom and grace." -- Carl Elliott, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

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Laurie Zoloth is as talented as they come. . . . Health Care and the Ethics of Encounter [is] a beautifully poetic book . . . [and] a project with the ambitious aim of developing an alternative vocabulary with which to discuss justice in U.S. health care. It will surprise no one who is familiar with Zoloth's work to hear that she succeeds brilliantly. . . . Zoloth has written a book that is clinically astute, politically relevant, and abundant in wisdom and grace.--Carl Elliott, Journal of the American Medical Association

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Less of a coherent book than a collection of essays only slightly related to each other: first an essay on Oregon's attempt to find a logical way of rationing Medicaid spending, then an essay on various theories of justice generally (e.g. Rawls, Nozak), then a discussion of various attempts by Jewish sages (of the talmudic and midrashic eras) to create Jewish law governing allocation of scarce resources in situations where lives were at stake, and then finally an attempt to relate the book of Ruth to modern politics. (The author's general bias is in favor of national health insurance of some sort). I thought the "Jewish essays" were more interesting than the rest of the book -- perhaps because I'm more interested in Jewish topics, perhaps because the issues raised in sacred texts are more likely to be relevant in 2003 than the details of Oregon's Medicaid policy.
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A wonderful book for helping us understand the ongoing health care debate. Full of needed information and written in an engaging and understandable way.
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