Jewish patients customarily have particular ways of approaching health and healthcare. This book outlines the Jewish practices and customs of direct relevance to health professionals, illustrated throughout with case histories. Information is provided to facilitate day to day communication, discussing etiquette and interpersonal relationships between the health professionals and their patients, describing in detail the dietary laws, customs and festivals. This book will offer practical advice about Jews, Judaism and the Jewish community helping to educate and enable all healthcare professionals in hospitals and in the community to provide care in a culturally appropriate manner.
Part One: Jews and Judaism. Jewish history - in a nutshell. World and British jewry. The traditional way of life. God the healer. Jewish medical ethics - in a nutshell. Healthcare values. Part Two: The Jewish Patient. Judaism and medical treatment. Caring for the jewish patient on the shabbos and festivals. The dietary laws. Women's health - marriage, sex and related topics. Caring for Jewish patients and at the end of life. Jewish genetic diseases. Jews as patients.