The Beginning of Human Life

  • Fritz K. Beller
  • Robert F. Weir

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. General Perspectives

  3. Assisted Reproductive Technology

  4. Contraception and Abortion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Luigi Mastroianni Jr.
      Pages 117-127
    3. Allan Rosenfield, Hillary Kunins
      Pages 129-144
  5. Fetal Research and Fetal Tissue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. John A. Robertson
      Pages 207-223
    3. Mary B. Mahowald
      Pages 225-232
  6. Medical, Ethical, and Legal Aspects of Maternal/Fetal Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Carl P. Weiner
      Pages 243-255
    3. Frank A. Chervenak, Laurence B. McCullough
      Pages 257-272
    4. Bonnie Steinbock
      Pages 273-285
    5. Mary Anne Warren
      Pages 287-299
    6. Mark I. Evans, Mark P. Johnson, Nelson B. Isada, Wolfgang Holzgreve
      Pages 319-324
  7. Rights and Obligations Related to the Beginning of Individual Human Lives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Robert D. Truog
      Pages 345-352
    3. Loretta M. Kopelman
      Pages 371-381
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 399-404

About this book


Progress in biomedical science has called for an international discussion of the medical, ethical, and legal problems that confront physicians, medical researchers, infertile couples, pregnant women, and parents of premature or disabled infants. In addition, the unprecedented technological developments in obstetrical, perinatal, and neonatal medicine in recent years have indicated a need for an international forum for interdisciplinary dialogue regarding the definition of early human life, the neurological development of early human life, the value of early human life, the obligations for its protection and prolongation, and the limits to these obligations.


Embryo contraception fetus health morality pain transplantation

Editors and affiliations

  • Fritz K. Beller
    • 1
  • Robert F. Weir
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyThe University of IowaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4247-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8257-5
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