Conquering Infertility: Medical Challanges, by Elizabeth L. Marshall

Conquering Infertility: Medical Challenges and Moral Dilemmas

by Elizabeth L. Marshall

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Format: Hardcover, 160pp. 
ISBN: 0531113442
Publisher: Watts Franklin 
Pub. Date: October 1997

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Explaining what researchers know about the causes of and current treatments for infertility, Marshall explores the different options available for infertile couples and discusses the complicated ethical questions that surround reproductive technology. Readers undaunted by the medical terminology will find this a thorough presentation. Black-and-white photos accompany the text. Bib., glos., ind. -- Copyright 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Discusses the causes of infertility, making the decision to seek treatment, various treatment methods, and controversies surrounding them.

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Since 1978, in vitro fertilization has led to the births of more than 30,000 children in the U.S. This book traces the history of modern reproductive medicine and discusses all the options currently available to infertile couples. It also describes the causes of infertility, how fertility problems are diagnosed, and the ethical controversies and concerns related to assisted reproductive technology.

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Journal Gr 8 UpAlthough many thousands of babies have resulted from advances in medicine, books for children and young adults on this aspect of human reproduction have been long in coming. Here the topic is covered in detail with writing that is easy to understand. Scientific fact is made relevant by including reports about real people and widely known news events that have heralded progress in infertility treatments. The author provides a historical perspective, a technical description of human sexuality and available treatments, a discussion of ethics, and a look at the "industry" that has sprung up around the practice of this type of medicine. The book is useful for understanding the plight of individuals facing infertility, the treatment choices available, the issues surrounding egg and sperm donation, and what people participating in these processes can expect. Excellent research and documentation make this a solid choice for reports or for understanding infertility from a variety of perspectives. Black-and-white diagrams and photographs are included.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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