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Fertility Technology

Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2023

Fertility Technology

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696612357


A concise overview of fertility technology—its history, practical applications, and ethical and social implications around the world.

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In the late 1850s, a physician in New York City used a syringe and glass tube to inject half a drop of sperm into a woman's uterus, marking the first recorded instance of artificial insemination. From that day forward, doctors and scientists have turned to technology in ever more innovative ways to facilitate conception. Fertility Technology surveys this history in all its medical, practical, and ethical complexity, and offers a look at state-of-the-art fertility technology in various social and political contexts around the world.

Donna J. Drucker's concise and engrossing account introduces the five principal types of fertility technologies used in human reproduction—artificial insemination; ovulation timing; sperm, egg, and embryo freezing; in vitro fertilization; and IVF in uterine transplants—discussing the development, manufacture, dispersion, and use of each. Geographically, it focuses on countries where innovations have emerged and countries where these technologies most profoundly affect individuals and population policies. Drucker's wide-ranging perspective reveals how these technologies, used for birth control as well as conception in many cases, have been critical in shaping the moral, practical, and political meaning of human life, kinship, and family in different nations and cultures since the mid-nineteenth century.

Author Bio

Donna J. Drucker is assistant director of scholarship and research development at the Columbia University School of Nursing. She is the author of Contraception: A Concise History, The Classification of Sex, and The Machines of Sex Research.