Should the Baby Live?

Should the Baby Live? : Problem of Handicapped Infants

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Few subjects have generated so many newspaper headlines and such heated controversy as the treatment, or non-treatment, of handicapped newborns. In 1982, the case of Baby Doe, a child born with Down's syndrome, stirred up a national debate in the United States, while in Britain a year earlier, Dr. Leonard Arthur stood trial for his decision to allow a baby with Down's syndrome to die. Government intervention and these recent legal battles accentuate the need for a reassessment of the complex issues involved. This volume--by two authorities on medical ethics--presents a philosophical analysis of the subject based on particular case studies. Addressing the doctrine of the absolute sanctity of life, Singer and Kuhse examine some actual cases where decisions have been reached; consider the criteria for making these decisions; investigate the differences between killing and letting die; compare Western attitudes and practices with those of other cultures; and conclude by proposing a decision-making framework that offers a rational alternative to the polemics and confusion generated by this highly controversial topic.
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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 18mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • forms transparencies
  • 0192860623
  • 9780192860620

About Helga Kuhse

About the Authors Peter Singer is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre of Human Bioethics at Monash University in Australia. In addition to his many books on ethics, he has written many articles for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. Helga Kuhse is Deputy Director of the Centre of Human Bioethics at Monash University in Australia.
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