THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS BOOK HAS BEEN A LENGTHY and rewarding process, during which I have enjoyed the assistance of many people. My thinking about many of the issues discussed in this book was enriched by my work a decade ago as staff ethicist for the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. The core argument of this work was presented in a paper delivered at the College Theology Society Annual Convention in 1996. This later was published as “Jewish and Roman Catholic Approaches to Bioethics: Convergence and Divergence in Method and Substance” in Louvain Studies 25 (2000): 3–22. An earlier version of chapter 7 originally was published as “Jewish and Roman Catholic Approaches to Access to Health Care and Rationing” in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (2001): 317–36. Significant material from chapter 2 is adapted from my introduction to Life and Death Responsibilities in Jewish Biomedical Ethics (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Finkelstein Institute, 2000), 1–14.
I am grateful for the support in developing this work provided by a summer stipend in 2000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (no. FT-45174–00). I am thankful as well to Duquesne University for granting me a Presidential Scholarship stipend and for giving me a sabbatical leave that enabled me to devote extensive time to this project.
I have learned much from my colleagues and students at Duquesne University. I am particularly grateful to my colleagues in the Theology Department and in the graduate Health Care Ethics Program. Special thanks go to David F. Kelly, director of the Health Care Ethics Program, who has enriched my understanding of Roman Catholic bioethics and clinical health care ethics generally. He has offered crucial support from his original suggestion of the topic to reading the entire manuscript and offering valuable suggestions. Jim Hanigan,