Technology and Infertility

Clinical, Psychosocial, Legal, and Ethical Aspects

  • Ann A. Kiessling
  • Susan R. Levin
  • Machelle M. Seibel
  • Judith Bernstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A Historical Perspective of Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Backdrop for Reproductive Technology

  3. Medical Evaluation and Treatment of the Infertile Couple

  4. Surgical Advances

  5. Radiologic Advances

  6. Cellular and Molecular Advances

    1. R. A. Godke, E. G. Blakewood, J. K. Thibodeaux
      Pages 135-164
  7. Nonsurgical Advances in Infertility

    1. Donald P. Goldstein
      Pages 171-179
    2. Ralph Philosophe
      Pages 181-191
    3. Andrew Herzog
      Pages 213-222
  8. Alternatives to Reproductive Failure

    1. Zev Rosenwaks
      Pages 223-233
    2. Robert A. Godke
      Pages 235-261
    3. A. A. Kiessling
      Pages 263-269
  9. Psychosocial Aspects

    1. Barbara Eck Menning
      Pages 271-277
    2. R. Tracy MacNab
      Pages 297-301
    3. Dianne Clapp
      Pages 313-317
    4. Judith Bernstein, Mara Brill, Susan Levin, Machelle Seibel, Sharon Steinberg
      Pages 329-336
    5. Susan Cooper
      Pages 361-364
    6. Ellen Glazer
      Pages 365-371
    7. Merle Bombadieri
      Pages 381-389
    8. Ellen Glazer
      Pages 399-402
  10. Legal Aspects

  11. Ethical Aspects

    1. Machelle M. Seibel, Rabbi Joseph Polak, James O’Donohoe, George Annas, John D. Biggers, Susan Crockin et al.
      Pages 425-438
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 439-446

About this book


Medicine is changing at a speed never witnessed before in history. With each passing year, medical technology achieves the capacity to provide cures and improve treatments that even a short time before were difficult to con­ ceptualize and impossible to provide. Reproductive technology personifies this concept perhaps better than any other field of medicine. The 1990s have seen an explosion in endoscopic and ambulatory procedures, the application of molecular biology to clinical conditions, and the refinement of assisted reproduction to allow third parties (donors and surrogates) into the process of family building. More than ever before, comprehensive medical care requires a team approach. However, the team comprises not only medical and scientific personnel, but also mental health professionals, lawyers, and ethicists. This integrated and multidisciplinary approach to medical care will become even more necessary as medical capabilities continue to develop faster than society can respond. This book reflects such an approach. It is based on a Harvard Postgraduate Course in June 1990 entitled Infertility in the 1990s: Technological Advances and Their Psychosocial Implications that was sponsored by the Faulkner Centre for Reproductive Medicine. The first half of the course was directed by Drs. M. Seibel, A. Kiessling, and C. Richards. The second half of the course was directed by Dr. M. Seibel, J. Bernstein, R. N. and S. Levin, LICSW.


Embryo birth child ethics fertility in vitro fertilization infertility pregnancy ultrasound

Authors and affiliations

  • Ann A. Kiessling
    • 1
    • 2
  • Susan R. Levin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Faulkner Centre for Reproductive MedicineFaulkner HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.The Boston Psychoanalytic SocietyUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Machelle M. Seibel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith Bernstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Faulkner Centre for Reproductive MedicineFaulkner HospitalBostonUSA

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