Should the baby live? : the problem of handicapped infants / Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer.

  • Kuhse, Helga.
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About this work


Few subjects have generated so many newspaper headlines and such heated controversy in recent years as the treatment or non-treatment, of handicapped newborns. This book is a philosophical analysis of the subject, but accessibly written and rooted in practicalities and case studies throughout. The authors examine the doctrine of the absolute sanctity of human life; look at some actual examples where decisions have been made one way or the other; consider criteria for deciding when life is worthwhile; investigate the differences between killing and letting die; compare Western attitudes and practices with those of other cultures; and make proposals for a decision-making framework. --From publisher's description.


Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.

Physical description

vii, 228 pages ; 23 cm.


Includes index.


Two babies -- Is all human life of equal worth? -- Deciding when life is worthwhile : the treatment of spina bifida -- Killing and letting die -- Infanticide : a broader perspective -- What's wrong with the sanctity of life doctrine? -- In whose interests? -- Who decides?

Bibliographic information

Bibliography: p. [218]-221.


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    Medical Collection
    WB65 1985K96s
    Open shelves

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