Louis Finkelstein Institute Authors Forum to Address “The Ethics of Health Care, Biotechnology, and the Practice of Medicine”

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
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January 6, 2009, New York, NY

"Authors Forum: The Ethics of Health Care, Biotechnology, and the Practice of Medicine,” a three-part series sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, with a discussion on the question “What Are the Moral Crises That Arise Daily at Today’s Urban Hospitals?” The program will take place at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

The featured speaker will be Julie Salamon, the best-selling author of Hospital and former reporter and critic for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She will be joined by Dr. Alan Astrow (who is discussed in her book) and Chairman Martin Payson, both from the Maimonides Medical Center of Brooklyn, New York.

The series will continue on Wednesday, February 11, with “What Does Human Personhood Mean in an Age of Sex Selection, Cloning, and Gene Therapy?” Eric Cohen, the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in an Age of Biotechnology and director of the Tikvah Fund, will be joined by Dr. Josephine Johnston of the Hastings Center for Bioethics. On Thursday, March 12, Jonathan Imber, the author of Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine and professor of Ethics and Sociology at Wellesley College, will explore the question “Have Doctors Lost Their Authority in American Culture?” Dr. Nancy Berlinger of the Hastings Center for Bioethics will respond.

Since 1938, the Finkelstein Institute has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that advances dialogue among diverse communities about matters of public significance.

Admission is free; reservations are required. For further information or to RVSP, please call (212) 280-6093 or email. Attendees are requested to have photo IDs available and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program to allow sufficient time for registration.