Making Babies: Biomedical Technologies, Reproductive Ethics, and Public Policy / Edition 1

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The present work tries to show that problematic evaluations of new technologies such as IVF may be as dangerous as no evaluation at all. Because technology assessments may give people a false sense of security, poor ones may serve as a legitimization of premature, dangerous, or misunderstood decisions. Careful analysis of technology assessments may uncover particular epistemological and ethical problems that could misguide public policy.
This book is the first to offer an extensive evaluation of four prominent institutional assessments of IVF. This philosophical analysis reveals how inadequate assessments may produce policies that are not in the public's best interests.
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'This is a very interesting and richly documented book.'
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 2:1 (1999)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792351160
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/31/1998
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. 1. Introduction: The Importance of Evaluating Assessments of In Vitro Fertilization. 2. Overview of Technology Assessment. 3. In Vitro Fertilization: Contextualizing the Technology. 4. Ethics and Uncertainty: In Vitro Fertilization and Risks to Women's Health. 5. In Vitro Fertilization and the Ethics of Nonconservative Medical Care. 6. Free Informed Consent and In Vitro Fertilization. 7. Conclusion and Future Trends. Index.

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