Biomedical ethics and fetal therapy

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Wilfrid Laurier University Press for the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, May 1, 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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State of the
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Evaluation of Fetal Therapy
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Ethical Issues in Fetal Therapy Research
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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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