Technology and Infertility

Clinical, Psychosocial, Legal, and Ethical Aspects

  • Ann A. Kiessling
  • Susan R. Levin
  • Machelle M. Seibel
  • Judith Bernstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A Historical Perspective of Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Backdrop for Reproductive Technology

  3. Medical Evaluation and Treatment of the Infertile Couple

  4. Surgical Advances

  5. Radiologic Advances

  6. Cellular and Molecular Advances

    1. R. A. Godke, E. G. Blakewood, J. K. Thibodeaux
      Pages 135-164
  7. Nonsurgical Advances in Infertility

    1. Donald P. Goldstein
      Pages 171-179
    2. Ralph Philosophe
      Pages 181-191

About this book

Introduction

Medicine is changing at a speed never witnessed before in history. With each passing year, medical technology achieves the capacity to provide cures and improve treatments that even a short time before were difficult to con­ ceptualize and impossible to provide. Reproductive technology personifies this concept perhaps better than any other field of medicine. The 1990s have seen an explosion in endoscopic and ambulatory procedures, the application of molecular biology to clinical conditions, and the refinement of assisted reproduction to allow third parties (donors and surrogates) into the process of family building. More than ever before, comprehensive medical care requires a team approach. However, the team comprises not only medical and scientific personnel, but also mental health professionals, lawyers, and ethicists. This integrated and multidisciplinary approach to medical care will become even more necessary as medical capabilities continue to develop faster than society can respond. This book reflects such an approach. It is based on a Harvard Postgraduate Course in June 1990 entitled Infertility in the 1990s: Technological Advances and Their Psychosocial Implications that was sponsored by the Faulkner Centre for Reproductive Medicine. The first half of the course was directed by Drs. M. Seibel, A. Kiessling, and C. Richards. The second half of the course was directed by Dr. M. Seibel, J. Bernstein, R. N. and S. Levin, LICSW.

Keywords

Embryo birth child ethics fertility in vitro fertilization infertility pregnancy ultrasound

Authors and affiliations

  • Ann A. Kiessling
    • 1
    • 2
  • Susan R. Levin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Faulkner Centre for Reproductive MedicineFaulkner HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.The Boston Psychoanalytic SocietyUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Machelle M. Seibel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith Bernstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Faulkner Centre for Reproductive MedicineFaulkner HospitalBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-9205-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-9207-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9205-7
  • About this book