- First book dealing with fetal pain and its consequences and with pain in premature babies
- International renowned authors contribute to the evaluation of fetal and neonatal pain from different points of view
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- About this book
Until the 1980s it was denied that fetuses and neonates feel pain. With the advent of a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology and new diagnostic tools, the last 30 years have seen great developments in this field, but the treatment of neonatal and fetal pain is still a controversial issue and a central topic, not only in specialties directly concerned with it, but also in bioethics. Some important issues are still under investigation. When does pain perception appear? Is it ethical to cure fetal pain? Does fetal pain have consequences for the developing brain? Can a fetus suffer?
This volume aims to give an overview of current knowledge in the field. An international team of specialists has been assembled to evaluate neonatal and fetal pain from various points of view – neurological, pediatric, gynecological, anesthesiological – and with regard to possible consequences of pain (including psychological) for the brain.
This book will be an invaluable resource for neonatologists, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, gynecologists, and other professionals involved in this field, and for postgraduate students in all disciplines.
- About the authors
Giuseppe Buonocore is full professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Unit of Neonatology of the University Hospital of Siena.
He is involved in the coordination of numerous pan-European clinical trials, as for example of the European scientific network EURAIBI (acronym for EURope Against Infant Brain Injury). His research interests are in the mechanisms of cell damage in the neonatal brain, with special reference to hypoxia, the role of oxidant radicals in neonatal diseases and in babies with birth asphyxia. Additional research interest fields are ethics in perinatology and fetal and neonatal pain prevention. His research team is funded by several agencies including the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research -cofinance scheme for research projects of high national interest as well as European Community : NEOBRAIN project.
Author of more than 100 scientific publications in international journals with IF ("Pediatric Research", "Biology of Neonate", "Free Radical Biology and Medicine","Acta Pediatrica", "Archives Diseases in Children", " Journal of Pediatrics" and others).
He is Past-President of the European Society for Pediatric Research, and currently a member of the Editorial Board of "Biology of Neonate".
Dr. Bellieni, author of a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Pain, works in the University Hospital of Siena as well, and is a member of several national and international societiesm suche as the European Society of Pediatric Research, the Italian Society of Pediatrics and the Italian Society of Neonatology.
From the reviews:
"This book, authored mostly by Italian physicians and scientists, describes pain in the fetus and neonate and its consequences in later life. … This is a good resource for neonatologists, obstetricians, pediatric surgeons, and other medical and nursing professionals in the field of perinatal care. … This is a good book on many aspects of fetal and neonatal pain that provides a fairly extensive review of the world literature on this controversial subject." (Jay P. Goldsmith, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2008)“Neonatal Pain … presents nineteen contributions by an international group of physicians and scientists which describe and review recent medical studies indicating that fetuses and newborns do suffer pain and stress and that these stresses may have adverse effects on the children’s mental, physical, and emotional development. … provides an accessible and valuable resource for the nonscientific expert. The authors also … highlight potential health problems in the fetus and developing child that may arise in response to pain and stress.” (Katherine Helming, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Winter, 2009)
- Table of contents (20 chapters)
Introduction: Pain and Suffering from the Womb Onwards?
Gonadal Hormones and Pain Modulation
Stress and Pregnancy: CRF as Biochemical Marker
Pain Control During Labour
Ultrasound and Fetal Stress: Study of the Fetal Blink-Startle Reflex Evoked by Acoustic Stimuli
Table of contents (20 chapters)
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- Book Title
- Neonatal Pain
- Book Subtitle
- Suffering, Pain, and Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Newborn
- Giuseppe Buonocore
- Carlo V. Bellieni
- Springer-Verlag Mailand
- Copyright Holder
- Springer International Publishing AG
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- Number of Pages
- XVI, 172