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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M. Kondratowicz, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Focusing upon our increasing reproductive capabilities, this edited work offers a collection of essays written by noted scholars in the fields of reproductive medicine, biomedical ethics, law, and public policy.
Purpose: Developed by the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction (NABER), this volume is intended to identify and recommend ways to resolve many of the troublesome issues raised by reproductive technologies in general and oocyte donation in particular.
Audience: This work is intended for a wide and varied audience, including, as the editor indicates, healthcare practitioners in reproductive medicine, patients, state and federal policymakers, and interested lay persons. The book would also lend itself well to academic instruction.
Features: Consisting of 18 chapters, this book is divided into three sections, each of which explores an important aspect of oocyte donation. Section I discusses the rationales underlying the established policies and procedures at four distinctive fertility programs within the United States. Consisting of 10 essays, Section II explores the many troublesome ethical, legal, policy, and economic aspects of oocyte donation. Divided into four parts, Section III reports on the current practice of this intervention and offers the recommendations of NABER.
Assessment: This book provides readers with an insightful overview of the practice of oocyte donation, the broader issues raised by this innovative yet problematic technology and, given the recommendations of NABER, how these issues might be resolved. Given the similarities between this and other fertility interventions currently practiced, this work will likely prompt renewed critical reflection and dialogue about our increasing reproductive capacities. Well written, structured, researched, and thought-provoking, this book makes a timely, important, and worthwhile contribution to the growing body of reproductive technology scholarship.