Developmental, Sexual and Reproductive Neuroendocrinology: Historical, Clinical and Ethical Considerations
Frontiers in neuroendocrinology 2011 Apr; 32(2): 255-63
Different milestones have marked the development of the field of neuroendocrinology. This is an essay in which a new direction is proposed; one in which the field is marked more by a concern for ethical considerations than experimental procedures. Among the primary concerns is the need for a national registry for intersex and transsexual cases to follow how they are managed and to assess the long-term results. As in Europe, the data in the registries should be available to qualified and certified researchers and clinicians for analysis. A secondary focus is on the surgery often imposed in cases of intersex. Many current procedures have been found to have negative effects. The overall aim is to provide better management and treatment. Other topics are offered for ethical consideration.
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