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Illuminating the art of medicine

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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2013, Volume 15, Number 9: 741-823.

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September 2013 Contents

Motherhood and Medicine

Ethics Poll

Pregnant women are excluded from participation in most drug trials because of the unknown effects drugs may have on the fetus. Yet women often need drugs during their pregnancies and are prescribed FDA-approved drugs that were not tested on pregnant women. Which of the following do you think is the best resolution of this dilemma?
Women medical students and resident physicians are in school and training during the years when pregnancy is most easily achieved and childbearing is safest. The best solution for women who are becoming physicians and want to have children is:
Lactation can usually be induced in women who are not pregnant, and it often is for women who want to breastfeed an adopted baby. In a lesbian couple, the nongestating woman wants to be able to breastfeed the baby and asks the obstetrician to induce lactation for her. Which of the following best describes what you think about this request?

From the Editor

Motherhood and Medical Ethics: Looking beyond Conception and Pregnancy
Colleen Farrell
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:743-745.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Weighing Risks and Benefits of Prescribing Antidepressants during Pregnancy
Commentary by Benjamin C. Silverman and Anne F. Gross
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:746-752.

Induced Lactation for the Nongestating Mother in a Lesbian Couple
Commentary by Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:753-756.

Mentoring Students about Career and Life
Commentary by Kate Treadway
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:757-760.

Journal Discussion

Whose Hands? Global Migration, Elder Care, and the Mothers of Others
Nancy Berlinger and Rebecca Kaebnick
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:761-766.

State of the Art and Science

Epigenetic Inheritance and the Moral Responsibilities of Mothers
Kristen Hessler
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:767-770.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Ferguson v. City of Charleston and Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy
Yesenia M. Perez
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:771-774.

Policy Forum

Mothers Matter: Ethics and Research during Pregnancy
Anne Drapkin Lyerly and Ruth R. Faden
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:775-778.

Shackling and Separation: Motherhood in Prison
Jennifer G. Clarke and Rachel E. Simon
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:779-785.

Medicine and Society

The Difference between Science and Technology in Birth
Aron C. Sousa and Alice Dreger
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:786-790.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

Breast Pumping
Jessica Martucci
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:791-797.

Medical Narrative

A Life of Mothering
Sidney Callahan
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:798-800.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Ghost of the Schizophrenogenic Mother
Josephine Johnston
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:801-805.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:806-819.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:820-823.