By Erik Parens

ISBN-10: 0801883059

ISBN-13: 9780801883057

ISBN-10: 080189090X

ISBN-13: 9780801890901

At a time while clinical applied sciences make it ever more straightforward to augment our minds and our bodies, a debate has arisen approximately even if such efforts advertise a strategy of "normalization," which makes it ever more durable to tolerate the average anatomical ameliorations between us. the controversy turns into specially advanced while it addresses the surgical alteration, or "shaping," of kids. This quantity explores the moral and social concerns raised through the hot proliferation of surgical procedures designed to make young ones born with actual ameliorations glance extra normal.

Using 3 cases―surgeries to do away with craniofacial abnormalities equivalent to cleft lip and palate, surgical procedures to right ambiguous genitalia, and surgical procedures to elongate the limbs of youngsters born with dwarfism―the individuals ponder the tensions mom and dad event while making such life-altering judgements on behalf of or with their children.

The essays during this quantity provide in-depth examinations of the importance and bounds of surgical alteration via own narratives, theoretical reflections, and urban feedback approximately how you can enhance the decision-making technique. Written from the views of affected youngsters and their mom and dad, future health care prone, and major students in philosophy, sociology, background, legislations, and medication, this assortment presents an built-in and accomplished origin from which to contemplate a fancy and arguable factor. It takes the reader on a trip from reflections at the details of present scientific practices to reflections on one of many private and most complicated of human wants: the will for normality.


Priscilla Alderson, Adrienne Asch, Cassandra Aspinall, Alice Domurat Dreger, James C. Edwards, Todd C. Edwards, Ellen ok. Feder, Arthur W. Frank, Lisa Abelow Hedley, Eva Fedder Kittay, Hilde Lindemann, Jeffery L. Marsh, Paul Steven Miller, Sherri G. Morris, Wendy E. Mouradian, Donald L. Patrick, Nichola Rumsey, Emily Sullivan Sanford, Tari D. Topolski

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