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Ethics and Perinatology

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1476a (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1476
  1. Ian Ainsworth-Smith

    Ed Amnon Goldworth, William Silverman, David K Stevenson, Ernle W D Young Oxford University Press, pounds sterling50, pp 484 ISBN 0 19 262379 6

    Much current discussion in medical ethics focuses on respect for the individual autonomy of an individual patient. Ethics and Perinatology points out the obvious difficulty of applying this principle in the case of highly dependent and unwell babies. It points out that neonatology is one aspect of care in which Martin Buber's classic “I-Thou” distinction is impossible to make without some recourse to a more “duty based” ethic. An adult, nearly always the parent …

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