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In one case after another, Charles L. Bosk reveals the process by which parents, physicians and other health professionals come to guide decisions about pregnancies. A story of both extraordinary drama and ordinary routine, this is a pioneering case study of authority and control in a pediatric hospital, showing how genetic counselors work with colleagues and with parents to be, and how they deal with their powerlessness to control life-and-death decisions that they must address.
Covers the process by which physicians & other health pro- fessionals come to make decisions about pregnancies.
1: Invitation to Ethnography
2: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Clinic: Routine Work
3: Counseling as a Mop-Up Service
4: Baby Doe before Regulations
5: The Boundaries of Care
6: Autonomy's End: Toward the Future
7: A Twice-Told Tale of Witnessing