Ethical Dilemmas in Perinatal Medicine

by Joseph G Schenker

Biomedical ethics also raised issues on patients’ rights, which required steps to be taken to protect the patient’s welfare and to promote the patients’ autonomy. Society’s concern for ethical issues in medical practice has led to a growing need for the medical profession to become fully aware of the public view not only on individual patient-physician relationships, but also on how medical developments affect social structure and health policies. Health policy makers as well must examine the ethical basis of decision making, prioritization, and conflicts of interest as they influence health care locally, nationally, and internationally. This public awareness has led to a growing need for the medical profession to be fully aware of the public’s views on issues of human rights, social structure, and health care policies, and how these affect physician’s daily practice. Many believe that the physician should not be left alone to make decisions of an ethical nature. Ethicists, philosophers, theologians, lawyers, and sociologists should advise physicians on what they should do and how they should act. This has prompted the development of ethics committees in institutions and by governments and international bodies. In this book, the authors address some of the ethical dilemmas in perinatology from many different perspectives. The chapters are written by internationally recognized authorities. These include physicians caring for the pregnant women, fetuses, newborns and their families and distinguished contributors from interdisciplinary fields such as philosophers, ethicists, theologians, lawyers, and sociologists. The views expressed are thus interdisciplinary, of international professionals who bring a wide range of skills to the perinatal setting.


Book Detail

Editor Editor's Affiliation
1. Schenker Joseph G Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
ISBN 9789380704050
Speciality Obstetrics and Gynecology
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/11363
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2010
Pages 243
Book Type Reference


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