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Author Casper, Monica J., 1966-

Title The making of the unborn patient : a social anatomy of fetal surgery / Monica J. Casper
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1998


Description 1 online resource (xi, 267 pages) : illustrations
Contents Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction to fetal matters -- Breaching the womb, a history of the unborn patient -- A hybrid practive, traffic between the laboratory and the operating room -- Working on (and around) the unborn patients negotiating social order in a fetal treatment unit -- Clinical trials in fetal surgery : making, protecting, and contesting human subjects -- Heroic moms and materal environments, pregnant women on the final frontier -- Beyond the operating room -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author
Summary It is now possible for physicians to recognize that a pregnant woman's foetus is facing life-threatening problems, perform surgery on the foetus, and if it survives, return it to the woman's uterus to finish gestation. Although foetal surgery has existed in various forms for three decades, it is only just beginning to capture the public's imagination. These still largely experimental procedures raise all types of medical, political and ethical questions. Who is the patient? What are the technical difficulties involved in foetal surgery? How do reproductive politics seep into the operating room, and how do medical definitions and meanings flow out of medicine and into other social spheres? How are ethical issues defined in this practice and who defines them? Is foetal surgery the kind of medicine we want? What is involved in reframing foetal surgery as a women's health issue, rather than simply a paediatric concern? In this ethnographic study of the social, cultural and historical aspects of foetal surgery, Monica Casper addresses these questions. "The Making of the Unborn Patient" examines two important and connected events of the second half of the 20th century: the emergence of foetal surgery as a new medical specialty and the debut of the unborn patient. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-260) and index
Notes English
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Subject Fetus -- Surgery -- Social aspects
Fetus -- Surgery -- Moral and ethical aspects
Fetus -- surgery
Ethics, Medical
Obstetric Surgical Procedures -- history
Obstetric Surgical Procedures -- psychology
MEDICAL -- Gynecology & Obstetrics.
Fetus -- Surgery -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Fetus -- Surgery -- Social aspects.
Chirurgie (geneeskunde)
Ethische aspecten.
Sociologische aspecten.
Verenigde Staten.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585021171