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The Future of Human Reproduction: Ethics, Choice, and Regulation

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:948
  1. Arthur Caplan, trustee professor and director
  1. Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Eds John Harris, SØren Holm

    Oxford University Press, £35, pp 264

    ISBN 0 19 823761 8

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    It is very hard to produce a timely book about a subject that changes as quickly as technologically assisted reproduction, but John Harris and SØren Holm have managed to do exactly that. The 14 essays in this small volume provide an extremely useful and highly readable overview of the key moral, legal, and social themes raised by new ways of making babies. The topics covered range across a broad intellectual terrain: the moral status of embryos, whether gametes can be treated as property, the usefulness of a framework of “rights” for thinking …

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