Neonatal Pain

Suffering, Pain and Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Newborn

  • Giuseppe Buonocore
  • Carlo V. Bellieni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction: Pain and Suffering from the Womb Onwards?

    1. G. Buonocore, C. V. Bellieni
      Pages 1-2
  3. Delivery and Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. A. M. Aloisi, I. Ceccarelli
      Pages 5-10
    3. P. Florio, F. M. Reis, S. Luisi, M. De Bonis, I. Zerbetto, R. Battista et al.
      Pages 11-23
    4. C. Benedetto, M. Zonca, L. Bonino, S. Blefari, E. Gollo
      Pages 25-28
  4. Fetal Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. C. Bocchi, F. M. Severi, L. Bruni, G. Filardi, A. Delia, C. Boni et al.
      Pages 31-33
    3. G. Noia, E. Cesari, M. S. Ligato, D. Visconti, M. Tintoni, I. Mappa et al.
      Pages 45-55
  5. Neonatal Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. C. V. Bellieni, G. Buonocore
      Pages 67-71
    3. L. Giuntini, G. Amato
      Pages 73-81
    4. C. V. Bellieni, M. Maffei, G. Buonocore
      Pages 99-102
    5. A. M. Guadagni
      Pages 103-108
  6. Pain: a Risk Factor for Brain Damage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. M. Delivoria-Papadopoulos, O. P. Mishra
      Pages 123-130
    3. C. J. Woodbury
      Pages 131-139
  7. Pain and Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 167-169

About this book


Until the 1980s it was denied that fetuses and neonates feel pain. With the advent of a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology and new diagnostic tools, the last 30 years have seen great developments in this field, but the treatment of neonatal and fetal pain is still a controversial issue and a central topic, not only in specialties directly concerned with it, but also in bioethics. Some important issues are still under investigation. When does pain perception appear? Is it ethical to cure fetal pain? Does fetal pain have consequences for the developing brain? Can a fetus suffer?

This volume aims to give an overview of current knowledge in the field. An international team of specialists has been assembled to evaluate neonatal and fetal pain from various points of view – neurological, pediatric, gynecological, anesthesiological – and with regard to possible consequences of pain (including psychological) for the brain.

This book will be an invaluable resource for neonatologists, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, gynecologists, and other professionals involved in this field, and for postgraduate students in all disciplines.


Ethics Pain bioethics brain damage diagnosis fetus newborn ultrasound

Editors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Buonocore
    • 1
  • Carlo V. Bellieni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproduction MedicineUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0731-4
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0732-1
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