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The Resource The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy, Harold J. Morowitz and James S. Trefil

The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy, Harold J. Morowitz and James S. Trefil

Label
The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy
Title
The facts of life
Title remainder
science and the abortion controversy
Statement of responsibility
Harold J. Morowitz and James S. Trefil
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The question of whether abortion should or should not be permitted, and under what circumstances, is among the most difficult and sometimes anguished decisions for contemporary men and women. How we feel about this issue, and what actions we take, help to define our image of who we are as social beings. In the midst of the surrounding political, ethical, and religious debate, people everywhere are once again examining their consciences and their beliefs, and turning to unutilized sources of information as they seek to come to terms with this contentious issue. And as emotions run high, it is helpful to step back from the highly charged arena to reconsider the underlying scientific facts about human development. In The Facts of Life, Harold Morowitz and James Trefil, two distinguished scientists and science writers, examine what modern biology can contribute to our understanding of this debate. Sensitive to the myriad ethical and religious arguments beyond the realm of science that swirl around abortion, the authors focus on one crucial question - when does a fetus acquire humanness, that quality that sets us apart from all other living things. From the viewpoint of science, they argue, "humanness" begins with the possession of a highly developed cerebral cortex. While humans are linked via cell structure and cell chemistry with all life on our planet - from monkeys to fruit flies to pumpkins - it is the human brain structure which makes us who we are. Reviewing the latest advances in molecular biology, evolutionary biology, embryology, neurophysiology, and neonatology - fields that all bear on this question - the authors reveal a surprising consensus of scientific opinion on when humanness begins. A lucid primer on the biological aspects of the abortion issue, The Facts of Life is also a fascinating inquiry, across various scientific disciplines, into what makes us uniquely human. Anyone who struggles with the issue of abortion will be grateful to find a work that moves this heated issue from the intensely emotional area it has occupied to the calmer domain of science
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DNLM/DLC
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Morowitz, Harold J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1938-
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Trefil, James
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  • Embryology, Human
  • Human reproduction
  • Abortion
  • Abortion, Legal
  • Public Policy
  • Science
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy, Harold J. Morowitz and James S. Trefil
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asking the right question -- The web of life -- The biology of conception -- The emergence of humanness -- The development of the fetus -- The birth of the cortex -- Survival outside the womb : hitting the wall -- Conclusions
Control code
25832386
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 179 pages
Isbn
9780195079272
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92016343
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1470797
Label
The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy, Harold J. Morowitz and James S. Trefil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asking the right question -- The web of life -- The biology of conception -- The emergence of humanness -- The development of the fetus -- The birth of the cortex -- Survival outside the womb : hitting the wall -- Conclusions
Control code
25832386
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 179 pages
Isbn
9780195079272
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92016343
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1470797

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