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A Life (Un)Worthy of Living Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany by Yael Hashiloni-Dolev

A Life (Un)Worthy of Living Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine Series


A Life (Un)Worthy of Living Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany by Yael Hashiloni-Dolev

This book presents the findings of a study into the social shaping of reproductive genetics in Germany and Israel. The study reveals dramatic differences between German and Israeli societies in addressing the question of a life (un)worthy of living. A close analysis of the ways that these two societies handle the balance between the quality and sanctity of life illuminates controversies over reproductive genetics in an original and provocative way.


From the reviews:

This is a unique and courageous book. Yael Hashiloni-Dolev studied the field of reproductive genetics in Israel and Germany, and found out that while in Germany social, cultural, legal and religious conditions restrict the selection of embryos based on prenatal diagnosis, it is strongly encouraged in Israel. This unexpected finding is brilliantly analyzed by the author. Thus this excellent book must be read and discussed by social scientists, human geneticists, genetic counsellors, bio ethicists and medical students. (Benno Muller - Hill, Dr. rer. nat. em. Prof. at the Institute of Genetics of the University of Cologne, Germany)

An important contribution of the book is the examination of the cultural, national, institutional and personal background and attitudes of genetic counsellors. ... This is a very interesting and useful book exemplifying how two modern societies can employ scientific, legal, and ethical reasoning differently. ... Overall, the book is written in an eloquent and easy-to-read way, and its contribution to the literature on the sociology of health and the study of cultural bioethics is more than evident. (Daniel Sperling, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, Vol. 12, 2009)

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Publication date

19th November 2010


Yael Hashiloni-Dolev

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198 pages


Medical genetics
Ethics & moral philosophy
Reproductive medicine



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