The Rights of Infants With Down's Syndrome
Smith, George F.
JAMA. 1984 Jan 13; 251(2): 229.
Physicians' obligations toward newborns with Down's syndrome and operable defects such as intestinal obstructions are outlined in a commentary co-authored by several physicians and other professionals in the fields of pediatrics, law, genetics, and medical ethics. Given the potential of many people with Down's syndrome to lead reasonably happy and productive lives, infants born with this condition are seen as entitled to the same rights and care as normal infants. Physicians are reminded that, while the needs and wishes of parents should be considered in treatment decisions, the best interests of the child should take precedence. (KIE abstract)
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