Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine

Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine

by Jonathan B. Imber


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Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine by Jonathan B. Imber

Originally published in 1986, Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine was the first book to look at abortion from the perspective of physicians in private practice. Jonathan B. Imber spent two years observing and interviewing all twenty-six of the obstetrician-gynecologists in "Daleton," a city that did not have an abortion clinic. The decision as to whether, when, and how to perform abortions was therefore essentially up to the individual doctor. Imber begins the volume with a historical survey of medical views on abortion and the medical profession's response to the legalization of abortion in the United States. Quoting extensively from his interviews, he looks at various characteristics of doctors that may affect their professional opinion on abortion: their age, gender, religious background, and length of residence in the community; the nature of their training and prior experience; and the setting of the practice (whether group or solo). Imber found that the physicians' reasons for agreeing or refusing to perform abortions revealed considerable differences of opinion about how they construe their responsibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412864213
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jonathan B. Imber is Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College.

Table of Contents

1. Abortion as a Medical Responsibility 2. The Physician in the Abortion Controversy 3. Medical Practice and Family Planning in Daleton 4. The First-Trimester Abortion: Standard Procedures 5. The Second-Trimester Abortion: Limited Procedures 6. Innovation and the Refuge of Private Practice 7. Beyond the Politics of Abortion

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