"Due to new developments in prenatal testing and therapy the fetus is increasingly visible, examinable and treatable in prenatal care. Accordingly, physicians tend to perceive the fetus as a patient and understand themselves as having certain professional duties towards it. However, it is far from clear what it means to speak of a patient in this connection.This volume explores the usefulness and limitations of the concept of fetal patient against the background of the recent seminal developments in prenatal or fetal medicine. It does so from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Featuring internationally recognized experts in the field, the book discusses the normative implications of the concept of fetal patient from a philosophical-theoretical as well as from a legal perspective. This includes its implications for the autonomy of the pregnant woman as well as its consequences for physician-patient-interactions in prenatal medicine."--Provided by publisher.
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part, I Introduction chapter 1 The fetus as a patient: a sustainable approach for clinical interactions in the field of new prenatal medicine? / Dagmar Schmitz Angus Clarke Wybo Dondorp part, II The fetus as a patient: a useful concept? chapter 2 The disposable and protected fetus: contradictions in fetal status / Lucy Frith chapter 3 Which ethics for the fetus as patient? / Claudia Wiesemann chapter 4 The ethical concept of the fetus as a patient: responses to its critics / Laurence B. McCollough Frank A. Chervenak chapter 5 Treating the fetus as a patient: possible implications for its moral status / Katrin E. Lörch-Merkle part, III The fetus as a patient: where does that leave the pregnant woman? chapter 6 Insights from a perspective of cultural anthropology: a discourse analyses of representations of (genetic) reproductive medicine and the fetus in popular media / Janina Krause chapter 7 The fetus as a patient: professional and patient discourse / Heather Strange chapter 8 Means, ends, and the fetal patient / Anna Smajdor chapter 9 Caring for pregnant cancer patients / Alma Linkeviciute part, IV The fetus as a patient: challenges for clinical care pathways and interactions chapter 10 Treatments and trials for the fetal patient: imposing the burdens of enthusiasm? / Angus Clarke chapter 11 Ethics of involving pregnant women in fetal therapy trials / E.J. (Joanne) Verweij chapter 12 The 'normalization' of prenatal screening: prevention as prenatal beneficence / Wybo Dondorp Guido de Wert chapter 13 Beyond the fetal patient: the ethics of fetal treatment for Down syndrome / Guido de Wert Wybo Dondorp chapter 14 Prenatal therapy for differences of sexual development (DSD): fuzzy boundaries in the clinical discussion and the ethical debate / Mathias Wirth Marc-Antoine Marquis chapter 15 Perinatal palliative care as an option in prenatally diagnosed severe, life-limiting conditions of the fetus / Kathrin Knochel Franziska Flaig Julia D. Lotz Monika Führer part, V The fetus as a patient: legal perspective chapter 16 The legal status of the fetus as a patient in Europe / Atina Krajewska Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis.