Infertility in the Modern World: Present and Future Prospects

Infertility in the Modern World: Present and Future Prospects

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Cambridge University Press

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Infertility in the Modern World: Present and Future Prospects

As we enter the twenty-first century, a number of medical, environmental, and social changes have profoundly affected human reproduction. This book discusses some of the more dramatic changes in an accessible manner, illustrating the ways in which human biology and culture can affect fertility. It provides a unique interdisciplinary perspective on the subject. Topics of discussion include medical technological advances that equip us with potential cures for many causes of infertility; diseases, such as AIDS, that have a devastating impact on the reproductive and social lives of humans; increasing industrialization and the development of fabricated materials that pollute our environment in unforeseen ways with possibly devastating effects on human health and fertility; and social revolutions that profoundly alter human relationships, such as nonmarital unions between heterosexual couples, same-sex relationships, and adoption and surrogacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521643641
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Series: Biosocial Society Symposium Series , #12
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction G. R. Bentley and C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor; Part I. Biomedical Perspectives on Fertility: 2. Reproductive possibilities for infertile couples: present and future S. Fishel, K. Dowell and S. Thornton; 3. Genetic influences on human infertility A. H. Bittles and P. L. Matson; Part II. Environmental Influences on Fertility: 4. Environmental pollutants and fertility G. R. Bentley; 5. From STD epidemics to AIDS: a socio-demographic and epidemiologic perspective on Sub-Saharan Africa J. C. Caldwell and P. Caldwell; Part III. Social Perspectives on Infertility: 6. Voluntary childlessness: trends and implications F. McAllister and L. Clarke; 7. Sexual orientation and fertility C. J. Patterson and L. V. Friel.

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