Revista médica de Chile
versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887
SAMTANI B, Suraj; JADUE Z, Mariana y BECA I, Juan Pablo. How does Hinduism analyze an ethical clinical dilemma. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2009, vol.137, n.11, pp. 1511-1515. ISSN 0034-9887. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872009001100017.
It is indispensable for physicians to understand and recognize the fusion of different cultures, to deliver the best possible service to patients with different cultural backgrounds, especially when ethical-medical problems are involved. The Hindu community in Chile differs in significant ways with the western culture. This is especially true for some issues such as the belief in reincarnation or gender inequality, among others. These discrepancies can be relevant for the analysis of several bioethical problems. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the different beliefs, traditions and Hindu visions. We hereby present a review of Hinduism, its relation with medical practice and, as an example, a case of abortion in a Hindu family. Reviewing the traditions, beliefs and methods will help to understand and respect the beliefs of different cultures in contemporary and globalized bioethics.
Palabras clave : Abortion on demand; Bioethics; Hinduism.