Baby-Making: What the New Reproductive Treatments Mean for Families and Society

Bart Fauser and Paul Devroey. Oxford Univ., $29.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-19-959731-4
Doctors and professors of reproductive medicine Fauser and Devroey relay their knowledge of this field's many advances since the first live in-vitro fertilization birth in 1978. Although assisted fertility and genetic testing are critiqued as "baby designing," the actual purpose of these techniques is "to overcome the sometimes tragic consequences of postponed childbearing or defective genes and to repair the breakdown of reproductive biology." With reasoned, rational discussion, the authors review the technology, ethical dilemmas, and statistical results of many current practices, providing data from around the world. Looking to the future, they address controversial topics including cloning, pregnancy in older women, and posthumous reproduction. With sympathy for patients who undergo fertility treatment, the authors discuss techniques and outcomes in fascinating detail, informing both practitioners and patients. A glossary, abbreviation reference key, and numerous visual aids contribute to a valuable resource for those with a personal or professional interest in assisted fertility. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/21/2011
Release date: 12/01/2011
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