In Vitro Fertilization

Author: Geoffrey Sher
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1626363773
Format: PDF, ePub
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This extensively updated and revised edition of In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies addresses the key issues and concerns of infertile couples. Written by one of the top in vitro specialists in the country, this book discusses in plain language everything couples need to know about IVF. From how to locate and choose the best IVF programs to what to expect as you go through the process, this book will prepare couples for the complex and emotional IVF journey. Included here are: • Conditions that negatively affect fertility, such as sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, and immune system conditions • Surrogate motherhood, egg donation, and other third-party parenting options • Detailed discussion of ovulation and the influence of age on egg quality • Ethics in fertility technology, including the recent controversies over cloning This book provides extensive technical guidance to couples who are considering in vitro fertilization, allowing for a more well-informed life changing decision.

IVF A Patient s Guide

Author: Rebecca Matthews
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557731003
Format: PDF, Docs
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A guide to facts and understanding about the in vitro fertilization process.

Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology ART

Author: Joanne S. Stevenson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826172547
Format: PDF, ePub
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Delivers current knowledge from global experts at the forefront of fertility and ART healthcare The first publication of its kind, this book on fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a globally focused, authoritative guide to state-of-the-art information about modern fertility and ART healthcare. Written for clinicians, public health officials, women’s health experts, scientists, students, scholars, and other interested individuals, the book encompasses theoretical, research, policy, and clinical practice aspects of fertility and ART healthcare. The book features the diverse contributions of multidisciplinary researchers, scholars, and clinicians from eight countries who explore contemporary health care perspectives regarding individuals and families dealing with infertility and fertility challenges including such advanced technologies as in-vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and oocyte preservation. The book addresses theoretical underpinnings of fertility and ART healthcare including new ways of conceptualizing research and theoretical concepts. Practical aspects involved with administering and treating the many women and men whose lives are affected by fertility challenges are illuminated. Complex policy concerns resulting from the rapid advances in fertility and ART are considered. The health care needs of those seeking fertility evaluation and treatment including access to care locally and globally are examined in depth. The book also includes discussions about novel approaches and emerging populations in fertility and ART healthcare that expand the scope of care. Thought-provoking case examples from contemporary care practices will help the reader to synthesize information. Key Features: Delivers thought provoking ART research and practice issues for health care clinicians, scholars, and scientists Synthesizes evolving theory, research, clinical practice, and public policy concerns Addresses complex considerations within the practice and delivery of fertility and ART services Written by international thought leaders and emerging scholars on the forefront of ART technologies and other issues Includes case study exemplars to stimulate critical thinking and transform discussion about modern fertility and ART care

Sex in an Age of Technological Reproduction

Author: Carl Djerassi
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299227944
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Carl Djerassi is one of “the fathers of the Pill”—he was awarded the National Medal of Science for the first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive—and has had a prolific additional career as a writer of fiction, plays, and dialogues about science. In these two plays, ICSI and Taboos, he dramatizes the social transformations and contested viewpoints created by advances in reproductive science and technology. Two of the most startling developments in contemporary science have radically disrupted the historical connection between sex and reproduction: in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)—an assisted reproductive technique that directly injects a single sperm into an egg. The word play ICSI—designed for classroom readings—presents, in the format of a contentious talk-show dialogue, the science of direct-injection fertilization and the ethical issues connected with it. A DVD included in the book provides video of the ICSI injection process as viewed through a microscope, to be used in performances of the ICSI one-act dialogue. Taboos, a full-length play,turns the screws on characters that reflect a polarized America. Two couples—lesbian partners and a conservative husband and wife struggling with infertility—must make choices in a drama that examines the disjunction of sexual reproduction and the physical act of sex.

Contemporary Bioethics

Author: Mohammed Ali Al-Bar
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319184288
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book discusses the common principles of morality and ethics derived from divinely endowed intuitive reason through the creation of al-fitr' a (nature) and human intellect (al-‘aql). Biomedical topics are presented and ethical issues related to topics such as genetic testing, assisted reproduction and organ transplantation are discussed. Whereas these natural sources are God’s special gifts to human beings, God’s revelation as given to the prophets is the supernatural source of divine guidance through which human communities have been guided at all times through history. The second part of the book concentrates on the objectives of Islamic religious practice – the maqa' sid – which include: Preservation of Faith, Preservation of Life, Preservation of Mind (intellect and reason), Preservation of Progeny (al-nasl) and Preservation of Property. Lastly, the third part of the book discusses selected topical issues, including abortion, assisted reproduction devices, genetics, organ transplantation, brain death and end-of-life aspects. For each topic, the current medical evidence is followed by a detailed discussion of the ethical issues involved.

Making Babies Biomedical Technologies Reproductive Ethics and Public Policy

Author: Inmaculada de Melo-Martín
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401721599
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Each year, roughly a million new cases of cancer appear in the US, and more than 500,000 Americans die annually of premature death. Although medical progress has slowed cancer mortality, its incidence is increasing roughly six times faster than cancer mortality is decreasing. Breast cancer, in particular, has been increasing about one percent each year since 1973. At least two of the factors responsible for this surge in breast cancer are women's use of medically-prescribed synthetic hormones and the exposure of the entire population to chemicals such as dioxin. Both exposures increase the likelihood of breast cancer. Although many ethicists worry about involuntary societal imposition of chemicals such as dioxin, through industrial and agricultural processes, allegedly voluntary exposures also constitute both, a public-health problem and a biomedical-ethics difficulty. Physicians recommend synthetic hormones, for example, to women who apparently take them voluntarily. In the case of in vitro fertilization, doctors prescribe hormones to induce egg production and to increase the chances of reproduction for couples who are unable to have children. Despite the benefits of medical technologies such as hormone stimulation and in vitro fertilization, they also carry great risks. The price that childless women pay, for their opportunity to have children through in vitro fertilization, may be their own increased risk of diseases - such as breast cancer - that are hormone dependent.

Powering the Dream

Author: Alexis Madrigal
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306819775
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Few today realize that electric cabs dominated Manhattan's streets in the 1890s; that Boise, Idaho, had a geothermal heating system in 1910; or that the first megawatt turbine in the world was built in 1941 by the son of publishing magnate G. P. Putnam--a feat that would not be duplicated for another forty years. Likewise, while many remember the oil embargo of the 1970s, few are aware that it led to a corresponding explosion in green-technology research that was only derailed when energy prices later dropped. In other words: We've been here before. Although we may have failed, America has had the chance to put our world on a more sustainable path. Americans have, in fact, been inventing green for more than a century. Half compendium of lost opportunities, half hopeful look toward the future, Powering the Dream tells the stories of the brilliant, often irascible inventors who foresaw our current problems, tried to invent cheap and energy renewable solutions, and drew the blueprint for a green future.

Embryo Culture

Author: Beth Kohl
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374147574
Format: PDF
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Drawing on her personal struggle to have a baby, the author outlines the world of modern-day fertilization in America, discussing the ways in which science and miracles, faith and technology, have come together to create life in the twenty-first century, as well as such issues as genetic testing of fertilized eggs, the IVF process, multiple embryos, and more.

Cracked Open

Author: Miriam Zoll
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710294
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A WOMAN’S BATTLE WITH THE BILLION-DOLLAR BABY BUSINESS Cracked Open is Miriam Zoll's eye-opening account of growing into womanhood with the simultaneous opportunities and freedoms afforded by the U.S. women's movement and new discoveries in reproductive technologies. Influenced by the pervasive media and cultural messages suggesting that science had eclipsed Mother Nature, Zoll––like millions of women around the world––postpones marriage and motherhood. She embarks on an exciting career, travels the globe, and eventually marries in her mid-30s. By 40, she has finally overcome her fears of being an unfit mother and is ready to embrace motherhood but nature does not cooperate. In accordance with the times, she and her husband sign up for fertility treatments but neither one is prepared for the science-fiction world they have entered; a world full of medical seduction, capitalist conception and bioethical quagmires. Desperate to conceive, they turn into fertility junkies drawn into the cold, sterile world of the laboratory, where they increasingly find themselves disconnected from nature, their values, and each other. Eventually, they realize that the unregulated multi-billion-dollar U.S. fertility industry has promised her and millions of other couples far more than it can deliver.

Liberal Eugenics

Author: Nicholas Agar
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470777575
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this provocative book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s characteristics. Gets away from fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past Written from a philosophically and scientifically informed point of view Considers real contemporary cases of parents choosing what kind of child to have Uses ‘moral images’ as a way to get readers with no background in philosophy to think about moral dilemmas Provides an authoritative account of the science involved, making the book suitable for readers with no knowledge of genetics Creates a moral framework for assessing all new technologies