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Life before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses Paperback – February 29, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0195108729 ISBN-10: 0195108728 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195108728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195108729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bonnie Steinbock's excellent book is . . . consistent, thoroughgoing, and intelligible." --Nature

"Steinbock's book is valuable for all interested in the ethical/legal issues surrounding abortion, prenatal injury and liability, maternal-fetal conflict, and fetal/embryo research. The author provides an excellent historical overview of these issues, but she also addresses the issues from the stance of a particular theory of moral status, namely, interest theory. This gives coherence to her discussion as well as allowing testing of the viability of interest theory." --Choice

"Steinbock's analysis is helpful to physicians, their patients, and even lawyers. . . . she makes a persuasive case, her theoretical framework helps to clarify and resolve many difficulties currently surrounding the unborn. Through her analytic alchemy, decisions concerning these complex issues are transformed into the moral and legal equivalents of a piece of cake. Hard on occasion, to be sure--sometimes even downright unpalatable--but ultimately digestible." --The Lancet

"A focused, lucid, analytically fine-grained discussion of a wide variety of problems. . . extremely useful as a survey of the current state of the debate." --Religious Studies Review

"Makes an excellent contribution. The use of the interest view works well to provide a coherent framework for analysis, meticulous research is evident, and applications for individual cases as well as policy implications are present throughout. This thoughtful work should be highly constructive in the "unborn" debates and decisions that lie ahead." --Health Affairs

"Merits serious consideration by physicians. Steinbock's interests-based approach treats all questions as open -- another and most welcome breath of fresh air." --Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., NEJM

"An extremely valuable contribution to the literature. The author carefully identifies the many bioethical issues to which the status of embryos and fetuses is relevant....She thoroughly reviews the extensive medical, bioethical, and legal literature on all of these issues, offering well-developed critiques of many standard positions. She articulates and thoughtfully defends interesting positions on all of theses topics. Anyoune with an interest in these issues will learn a great deal from her knowledgeable and judicious treatment of them." --Baruch A, Brody, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, The Journal of Clinical Ethics

"An important new book..." --Don Marquis, University of Kansas, Criminal Justice Ethics

About the Author

Bonnie Steinbock is at State University of New York, Albany.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Hinman on September 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this first edition of this book, and it was excellent. Definitely five stars. This Kindle edition appears to be listed under the second edition, which I haven't read yet. However, the book itself appears to be the first edition. Certainly when I click on the "Look Inside" button, what I get is the first edition. I'm hoping the second edition will *really* be available in this space soon. If this is the second edition, then Amazon.com needs to update its "Look Inside" materials.
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