Prenatal Diagnosis

The human side

  • Lenore Abramsky
  • Jean Chapple

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Susan Bewley
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jonathan Montgomery
    Pages 23-36
  4. Lenore Abramsky
    Pages 70-85
  5. Christine Garrett, Lyn Carlton
    Pages 86-105
  6. Jean Hollingsworth
    Pages 106-115
  7. H. Glenn Atkinson, Alan Handyside
    Pages 116-133
  8. Elizabeth M. Bryan
    Pages 149-156
  9. Margaretha White-van Mourik
    Pages 181-201
  10. Elizabeth Friedrich
    Pages 202-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-228

About this book


This book evolved out of a conference which was held because of our conviction that prenatal screening and diagnostic techniques provide carers with a two-edged sword which can do both good and harm - often at the same time to the same person. The conference ('The Human Side of Prenatal Diagnosis') dealt with emotional, ethical and legal issues in prenatal screening and diagnosis. It took place in March 1992 at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London and was attended by obstetricians, paediatricians, geneticists, midwives and ultrasonographers from the North West Thames Health Region. The demand for places at the conference far exceeded the number of places avail­ able and many people who attended expressed the hope that we would be organizing similar conferences in the future. This confirmed our belief that we were not the only ones preoccupied with the human issues raised by the new technologies and encouraged us to work towards this publication. Prenatal diagnosis and the possibility of selective termination of affected pregnancies is part of a wider move towards repro­ ductive choice. Like contraception and assisted conception, it can make a major difference to the lives of some people. In our culture, we tend to view choice as a good thing. We look upon it as our right to choose our occupation, our partner, the place where we live, the books that we read and the way that we vote.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lenore Abramsky
    • 1
  • Jean Chapple
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.North West Thames Regional Health AuthorityLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-55360-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3027-9
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