Medicine And Books

Manufacturing Babies and Public Consent: Debating the New Reproductive Technologies

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:679
  1. John Roberts

    Jose Van Dyck Macmillan, £12.99, pp 238 ISBN 0 333 62965 5

    Reproductive technology is a growth industry. Since the birth of Louise Brown, the first child conceived by in vitro fertilisation techniques, in 1978, an entire medical specialty has developed to treat the “epidemic of infertility.” Just how this epidemic evolved, and specifically the parts played by the mutually suspicious professions of medicine and journalism, is the focus of Jose Van Dyck's Manufacturing Babies and Public Consent.

    Social institutions do not live in isolation, Van Dyck argues. The boundaries of medicine, the mass media, and even fiction overlap and affect each other continuously. Because these relations …

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