Biomedical Ethics and Fetal Therapy

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, May 24, 1988 - Medical - 122 pages
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“Over the last two decades, medical researchers have become more comfortable wit the idea that serious attention must be given to ethical issues when the tests of new technologies are being designed. They have come to see that experimental trials must meet certain standards, not only of scientific rigour, but also of moral acceptability.” (Introduction)

Presented by an international group of experts, the eight essays included in this volume evaluate the new technologies in fetal care and also wrestle with the new problems, often moral ones, that have accompanied techonological advancement. The opening chapters review state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging and molecular genetics and focus on the new patient—the fetus. From here, the efficacy of fetal therapy, the problem of assessing long-term viability, the ethical issues involved in both clinical practice and medical research, and the legal rights of the new patients and their parents are examined. The final chapter “Are Fetuses Becoming Children?” brings a fresh philosophical perspective to the question of a fetus’s status and rights.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
State of the Art
5
3 Evaluation of Fetal Therapy
25
4 Ethical Issues in Fetal Therapy Research
45
5 Fetal Diagnosis and the Impact of Molecular Genetics
55
Ethical Considerations
59
Clinical Experience and Ethical Issues
67
Establishing the Boundaries of the Unborn Childs Right to Prenatal Care
81
9 Are Fetuses Becoming Children?
107
10 Summary
121
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Page vii - FOREWORD Established in 1976, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities has as its aim the fostering of advanced study and research in all areas of the humanities. Apart from supporting work in the traditional "arts" disciplines such as philosophy, history, ancient and modern languages and literatures, it also promotes research into the philosophical and historical aspects of the sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and the various "professional
Page xii - Medical Wisdom and Ethics in the Treatment of Severely Defective Newborn and Young Children (Montreal: Eden Press, 1978). at birth. Their lives can now be "saved" or at least prolonged for a very significant period.

About the author (1988)

Carl Nimrod is Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at the University of Calgary Medical School.

Glenn Griener is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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