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Cosmetic Surgery in Children with Cognitive Disabilities: Who Benefits? Who Decides?

TitleCosmetic Surgery in Children with Cognitive Disabilities: Who Benefits? Who Decides?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsOpel, DJ, Wilfond, BS
JournalHastings Center Report
Volume39
Issue1
Pagination19-21
PublisherHastings Center
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00930334
KeywordsCOGNITION , developmental , Essay , ethics , PLASTIC , SURGERY , VALUES
AbstractAn essay that discusses real-life examples of cosmetic surgery in cognitively impaired children is presented. It addresses whether different ethical standards should be used when considering cosmetic surgery in children with developmental disabilities than are used when considering it in children without disability. The authors believe that exploring parental motivations and clarifying parental values may be precisely what is needed before performing cosmetic surgery on children with profound cognitive impairments.
NotesHastings Center ReportAccession Number: 36292679; OPEL, DOUGLAS J 1,2 WILFOND, BENJAMIN S. 3,4; Affiliation: 1: Fellow, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Center 2: Acting instructor of pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine 3: Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Center 4: Professor of pediatrics, University of Washington; Source Info: Jan2009, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p19; Subject Term: ESSAY (Literary form); Subject Term: SURGERY, Plastic; Subject Term: COGNITION disorders in children; Subject Term: VALUES; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: DEVELOPMENTAL disabilities; Number of Pages: 3p; Document Type: Essay
DOI10.1353/hcr.0.0099
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