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Selective Nontreatment of Handicapped Newborns : Moral Dilemmas in Neonatal Medicine - Robert F. Weir

Selective Nontreatment of Handicapped Newborns

Moral Dilemmas in Neonatal Medicine

Paperback Published: 7th August 1986
ISBN: 9780195048810
Number Of Pages: 304

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Who decides, and on what basis, how to treat a child with severe birth defects? Any decisions made on such cases are painful and complex, and have far-reaching consequences for society at large. Addressing the medical, legal, and ethical aspects of the issue, Robert Weir presents the first serious survey of the major arguments regarding selective non-treatment, which have been advanced by physicians, attorneys, and the judicial system.

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"The first full-length analysis of this subject to be produced since the famous `Baby Doe' case in 1982...Presents careful research and thorough documentation of the decisional problems created by the birth of seriously handicapped newborns... Relevant reading for physicians, attorneys, and others concerned with this gripping dilemma."--The New England Journal of Medicine "An excellent, comprehensive book on the complex topic of the selective nontreatment of newborns with severe birth defects....Weir has done an exemplary job of codifying the wide range of current opinion on this subject and of offering cogent views on the strengths and weaknesses of each major ethicist or clinician....This book will appeal to readers with interests in ethics, in neonatal medicine, and in law, and it ought to be accessible to students in colleges, universities and professional schools."--Choice "Weir's even-handed approach is commendable. Physicians, ethicists, lawmakers, and all interested parties will find here an indispensable guide through a difficult area that is likely to remain controversial for years to come."--Library Journal "The development of medical technology over the past decade has made it possible to save many severely handicapped newborns who would previously have died, but it has done so at enormous cost, both in financial terms and in terms of human suffering. We will have to find a better way of making these decisions....Those who seek this better way will find that Mr. Weir has provided a valuable starting point from which further progress should prove possible."--The New York Times Book Review "A thorough and dispassionate job dissecting out and examining the critical issues entangled in this problem....Presents several major schools of thought, with clear explanations of relevant legal and ethical principles...Weir's arguments are persuasive, but even the reader who disagrees with his conclusions will be impressed by his careful research of the problem and his thoughtful analysis of the issues involved."--The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine "Recommended to anyone with a serious interest in the issues relating to selective nontreatment of critically ill and handicapped newborns."--Journal of the American Medical Association "Weir provides both professionals and interested laypersons with a systematic and informative text. He summarizes the diverse positions accurately and gives a valuable overview of the medical, legal and ethical dimensions. Both his effort to establish more solid criteria by which to make these difficult decisions and his procedural suggestions have merit."--TSF Bulletin "A valuable contribution to legal/ethical considerations in NICUs and is a must for anyone involved in this area."--Neonatal Network "An extremely valuable contribution to the fields of neonatology and bioethics."--Journal of Intensive Care Medicine

ISBN: 9780195048810
ISBN-10: 0195048814
Series: Moral Dilemmas in Neonatal Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7th August 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.27

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