The Fetus is a Patient

  • Alan R. Fleischman
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


As a pediatrician and neonatologist, I am confronted on a daily basis with issues concerning fetal viability, fetal therapy, and genetic screening. I am often asked by families to assist them in decision making prior to, during, and after a pregnancy. Most of my commentary will focus on the issue of the fetus as a patient and fetal therapy. At the end, I will add some brief comments on genetic screening and the problem of the time limits on abortion.


Cesarean Section Prenatal Care Genetic Screening Cesarean Section Rate Ethical Analysis 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Based on an article: Fleischman A, Macklin R: Fetal Therapy: Ethical Considerations, Potential Conflicts, in, Ethical Issues at the Outset of Life, eds: William Weil and Martin Benjamin, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Boston, 1987.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Belmont Report, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1979.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Chervenak FA, McCullough LB: Perinatal Ethics: A Practical Method of Analysis of Obligation to Mother and Fetus. Obstetrics and Gynecology 66:442–446, 1985.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Macklin R: Moral Concerns and Appeals to Rights and Duties. Hastings Center Report 6:31–38, 1976.PubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Rutgers, The University 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan R. Fleischman

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations