Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof. Sachedina Offers New Course on Religion and Medicine

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This fall, Prof. Sachedina, an internationally recognized scholar of religion and contemporary biomedical ethics, will offer an exciting new course that examines the ethical principles guiding our society’s most important decisions in health care. The course will focus on principles developed in Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and humanistic traditions, and embedded in our contemporary pluralistic society. Students will examine numerous actual and hypothetical cases, as they engage contemporary debates about assisted suicide; terminating life-sustaining treatment; abortion and maternal-fetal relations; artificial reproduction; the use of human subjects in research; genetic counseling, screening, and engineering; obtaining and distributing organs for transplantation; and a variety of public health issues from AIDS to possible bioterrorist attacks. 

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