MI-DOR LE-DOR, GENETICS AND GENETIC DISEASES: Jewish Legal and Ethical Perspectives

MI-DOR LE-DOR, GENETICS AND GENETIC DISEASES: Jewish Legal and Ethical Perspectives
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    MI-DOR LE-DOR, GENETICS AND GENETIC DISEASES: Jewish Legal and Ethical Perspectives

    by Deena Zimmerman

    Softcover, 320 pages
    KTAV Publishing House, Urim Publications, 2012
    ISBN: 978-160-280-163-9

    This book provides Jewish families with an up-to-date overview of human genetics, its impact on health, and Jewish legal issues. The focus is on genetic diseases most common in those of Jewish descent, including preventative strategies and support of families affected. It is written in a fashion that is understandable by all readers. The book brings much needed order and compassion to the field of Jewish genetics.

    About the Author:
    Deena R. Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is a physician with a life-long love for Judaic Studies. She received her BA from Yale University and MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency, chief residency and Masters in Public Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she also served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics for four years. Dr. Deena Zimmerman currently works as a pediatrician for Maccabi Health Services and TEREM-Immediate Medical Care in Israel, and is Medical Advisor to the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center.
    One of the first graduates of Nishmat's Keren Ariel Program as a Yoetzet Halacha (Women's Halachic Advisor), Deena has written a number of articles related to women's health issues and Jewish law and lectures extensively on Medicine, Women's Health and Jewish Law and Jewish Medical Ethics. In addition, Deena directs Nishmat's Women's Health and Halachic websites (www.yoatzot.org and www.jewishwomenshealth.org) for the general public and for health-care providers. She lives in Israel with her husband Rabbi Sammy Zimmerman and their five children.

    Praise for Genetics and Genetic Diseases:
    "Dr. Deena Zimmerman has once again produced an important book. Avoiding jargon, she provides the intelligent lay person with straightforward medical information. Fluent in both halacha and medicine, in theory and practice, her practical suggestions are a blessing to parents struggling to raise special children. This is a book that brings much-needed order and compassion to the field of Jewish genetics."
    - Chana Henkin, Dean of Nishmat

    "This book is an exceptionally comprehensible overview of the basic science of genetics and its impact on ethics, halachic issues and human disease, specifically but not limited to, Jewish genetic diseases. This book is packed with factual information and is written in a fashion that is understandable by all readers whether or not they are in the medical field."
    - Joyce E. Fox, Division of Medical Genetics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

    "The subject of genetics is on TV daily, especially in crime shows. It is a subject that fascinates people who are interested in uncovering their ancestry, where their ancestors came from. Among Jews some are interested if their ancestors were "kohanim," priests, descendants of Moses's brother Aaron, or whether their ancestors were Ashkenazic or Sephardic Jews, from Germanic or Spanish countries. But, more importantly, they are also interested in finding out if their family suffers from genetic diseases common to Jews and how Jewish laws and ethics address these conditions. Dr. Deena Zimmerman is an expert in this area.
    The book is divided into three sections. The first part discusses "The Science and Ethics of Genetics" in 112 pages. Dr. Zimmerman addresses subjects such as what is genetics, the connection between genetics and Judaism, gender selection, abortion, and consanguineous marriages. Her second section of over 150 pages lists and discusses dozens of diseases with a Jewish association, such as Tay-Sachs. Her third section of about 40 pages contains practical suggestions to parents who are struggling to cope with children having these conditions, including how to deal with the death of a child. She includes a three page -Index of Jewish and Halachic Concepts- and indicates the pages where they are discussed."
    - Dr. Israel Drazin