Spina Bifida: The State of the Art of Medical Management
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Feb; 14(1): 10-13.
When a child is born with spina bifida, as in the case of Baby Jane Doe, parents need immediate, complete, and accurate information about their child's condition in order to make treatment decisions. Gallo considers the scientific and professional factors that influence physicians' attitudes toward spina bifida cases and their recommendations to parents. Uneven dissemination of information about the latest treatment options, and lack of consensus among doctors on which infants are candidates for aggressive therapy can result in conflicting advice to parents and can lead to controversial treatment decisions. (KIE abstract)
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