Virtual Mentor. October 2014
This month in Virtual Mentor
Ethics and Reproductive Care
Reproductive medicine is a field—like genetics and others—in which advances in medical science and technology often outpace society’s opportunity for due deliberation about their ethical use. Employing preimplantation genetic diagnosis followed by embryo selection to choose the sex (and potentially other traits) of a child is just one example. Contributors to the October issue of Virtual Mentor discuss the many questions and tensions that surround evolving technologies and practices—from those that prevent or enable conception to those used in hospital labor wards.
Advancing Innovation in Reproductive Care Rashmi Kudesia, MD Women’s health garners great sociopolitical attention in the US, engendering comments by politicians, legislative actions, and policymaking by employers and insurers.
Judicial, Legislative, and Professional Attempts to Restrict Pregnant Women’s Autonomy Ruth Macklin, PhD Physicians may and should make recommendations to women for maintaining a healthy pregnancy, but until the time a baby is born, the pregnant woman alone should have the last word in deciding what happens to her fetus.
Natural Childbirth—a Global Perspective Lauri J. Romanzi, MD Industrialized nations could benefit from strategies emerging in developing nations such as respectful collaboration between traditional out-of-hospital birthing practices and maternity units in partnering hospitals.
Informing Patients about Declining Fertility Commentary by Marc M. Beuttler, MA, Kara N. Goldman, MD, and Jamie A. Grifo, MD, PhD Respect for informed, autonomous decision making demands that useful, if anxiety-provoking, information about age-related decline in fertility not be withheld from women.
November Medicine’s Role in Validating Sexual Norms
December Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession
January Intervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery
February The Culture of Medicine
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