Ethical Dilemmas in Prenatal Diagnosis

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Tamara Fischmann, Elisabeth Hildt
Springer Science & Business Media, May 27, 2011 - Medical - 207 pages
Technological developments in the life sciences confront us with new facets of a Faustian seduction. Are we „playing God“ more and more, as claimed by critical authors of modernity? Achievements in genetic research produce ethical dilemmas which need to be the subject of reflection and debate in modern societies. Denial of ambivalences that ethical dilemmas arouse constitutes a threat to societies as well as to individuals. The book presents a compilation of some of the results of the interdisciplinary European study “Ethical Dilemmas Due to Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics” (EDIG), which investigated some of these dilemmas in detail in a field which is particularly challenging: prenatal diagnosis. When results from prenatal diagnosis show fetal abnormalities, women and their partners are confronted with ethical dilemmas regarding: the right to know and the right not to know; decision-making about the remainder of the pregnancy and the desire for a healthy child; responsibility for the unborn child, for its well-being and possible suffering; life and death. This book provides answers from an ethical, psychoanalytical and medical viewpoint.
 

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Contents

Ethical Dilemmas Due to Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics An Interdisciplinary European Study EDIG 20052008
1
Managing Complex Psychoanalytic Research Projects Applying Mapping Techniques Using the Example of the EDIG Study
35
Distress and Ethical Dilemmas Due to Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics Some Empirical Results
51
Reconstruction of Pregnant Womens Subjective Attitudes Towards Prenatal Diagnostics A Qualitative Analysis of Open Questions
65
Prenatal Testing Womens Experiences in Case of a Conspicuous Test Result
75
Caring for Women During Prenatal Diagnosis Personal Perspectives from the United Kingdom
83
Cooperation Is Rewarding If the Boundary Conditions Fit Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Context of Prenatal Diagnostics
99
Prenatal Genetic Counselling Reflections on Drawing Policy Conclusions from Empirical Findings
109
Ethical Thoughts on Counselling and Accompanying Women and Couples Before During and After Prenatal Diagnosis
139
Client Patient Subject Whom Should We Treat? On the Significance of the Unconscious in Medical Care and Counselling
147
Decision to Know and Decision to Act
155
Moral DecisionMaking Narratives and Genetic Diagnostics
167
Prenatal Diagnostics and Ethical Dilemmas in a Mother Having a Child with Down Syndrome
177
Is There One Way of Looking at Ethical Dilemmas in Different Cultures?
191
Index
204
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Taking Risk in Striving for Certainty Discrepancies in the Moral Deliberations of Counsellors and Pregnant Women Undergoing PND
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