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Three extra-legal themes—the influence of morality upon Jewish law (halakhah), the growing awareness and implementation of the value of patient autonomy, and the role of scientific progress in the shaping of halakhic decisions—distinguish Daniel Sinclair’s work from other sin the field of Jewish biomedical law. Students and lawyers new to Jewish biomedical law may struggle with Sinclair’s decision to reserve until the final chapter his theories regarding how biomedical halakhah works. However, advanced students and scholars in the field will appreciate the opportunity to understand Sinclair’s three extra-legal themes in context and his decision to root his final analysis in halakhic material, rather than Western theories of legal analysis.

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21 J.L. & Religion 247 (2005-2006).