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Ethics of fetal surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19559318     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article provides a comprehensive approach to the ethics of clinical investigation of fetal surgery. Investigators should address the initiation and assessment of clinical trials to determine whether they establish a standard of care and use an appropriate informed consent process to recruit and enroll subjects, consider whether selection criteria should include the abortion preferences of the pregnant woman, and consider whether physicians have an obligation to offer referral to such investigation. This approach is comprehensive because it takes account of the physician's obligations to the fetal patient, the pregnant woman, and future fetal and pregnant patients. The comprehensive approach to the ethics of fetal surgery is applied to the example of in utero surgical management of spina bifida.
Frank A Chervenak; Laurence B McCullough
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in perinatology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1557-9840     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perinatol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-29     Completed Date:  2009-10-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501306     Medline TA:  Clin Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-46, vii-viii     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10065, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / surgery*
Ethics, Medical*
Fetal Diseases / surgery*
General Surgery / ethics*
Perinatology / ethics*,  methods
Surgical Procedures, Operative / ethics*,  methods

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