Obstetric Ultrasound and the Technological Mediation of Morality: A Postphenomenological Analysis

  title={Obstetric Ultrasound and the Technological Mediation of Morality: A Postphenomenological Analysis},
  author={Peter P.C.C. Verbeek},
  journal={Human Studies},
  • P. Verbeek
  • Published 22 January 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Human Studies
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