Health care professionals’ guide to religions

Rachel A Ankeny
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01212.x
Published online: 20 August 2007

The bulk of the book is devoted to detailed examinations of each religious tradition, presented in an easy-to-use format. Sections provide basic information on the history of the faith and core tenets, and outline beliefs associated with key areas related to care, including attitudes toward illness; gender and privacy; naming, diet, and hygiene; birth, dying, and death; contraception and assisted reproductive technologies; and organ/tissue donation. The author is careful to note the diversity of beliefs within faiths where relevant (for instance, within Islam, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism there are debates over the permissibility of organ donation).

  • Rachel A Ankeny

  • The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW



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