Which Tests for My Unborn Baby?: A Guide to Prenatal Diagnosis

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Consumer education. - 170 pages
Recent advances in medical technology have made it possible to test babies before birth to detect abnormalities or complications. While providing parents with a new set of options, prenatal diagnosis has become one of the most controversial areas of medicine. This book cuts through the sensationalism to give a clear outline of the techniques available and to identify those most used. Several case histories of people who have used these procedures are included, as well as a question-and-answer section at the end of each chapter. Illuminating photographs of ultrasound images, and clear diagrams of different procedures are helpful in explaining the processes. By presenting the options and factors involved, this book encourages informed decision-making. It is essential reading for parents-to-be and counsellors.

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About the Authors: Lachlan de Crespigny is an obstetrician and gynecologist who practices full time in obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. He is appointed as the specialist to the Ultrasound Department at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, as well as being in private practice. Rhonda Dredge is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Age, and other scientific and technology publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and has written widely about biological and genetic research.

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