Neonatal Bioethics: the Moral Challenges of Medical Innovation

By: Lantos, M. D. , John D. ; Meadow, M. D. , Ph. D. , William L.

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Neonatal intensive care has been one of the most morally controversial areas of medicine during the past thirty years. This study examines the interconnected development of four key aspects of neonatal intensive care: Medical advances, ethical analysis, legal scrutiny, and econometric evaluation. The authors assert that a dramatic shift in societal attitudes toward newborns and their medical care was a stimulus for and then a result of developments in the medical care of newborns. They divide their analysis into three eras of neonatal intensive care. The first, characterized by the rapid advance of medical technology from the late 1960s to the Baby Doe case of 1982, established neonatal care as a legitimate specialty of medical care, separate from the rest of pediatrics and medicine. The second era, beginning with the Baby Doe case stimulated efforts to establish a consistent federal standard on neonatal care decisions and raised important moral questions concerning the meaning of "futility" and "inhumane" treatment. In the third era, a consistent set of decision-making criteria and policies were established. Tracing the field's recent history, notable advances, and considerable challenges yet to be faced, the authors present neonatal bioethics as a paradigm of complex conversation among physicians, philosophers, policy makers, judges, and legislators which has led to responsible societal oversight of a controversial medical innovation. Bound in green cloth, 177 pages including notes and an index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Title: Neonatal Bioethics: the Moral Challenges of Medical Innovation

Author: Lantos, M. D. , John D. ; Meadow, M. D. , Ph. D. , William L.

Categories: Medicine,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Baltimore, MD, John Hopkins University Press: 2006

ISBN: 080188344X

ISBN 13: 9780801883446

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New in New dust jacket

Seller ID: 002808

Keywords: NEONATAL CARE UNITED ETHICS UNITED STATES INTENSIVE CARE CASE,