The principle of double effect, genetic testing, and global developmental delay.

@article{Tervo2009ThePO,
  title={The principle of double effect, genetic testing, and global developmental delay.},
  author={Raymond C. Tervo and Paul J. Wojda},
  journal={Journal of child neurology},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 8},
  pages={
          1030-6
        }
}
Well-intended efforts to diagnose a child's developmental delay may have unintended negative consequences for a child and his family. Consequently, clinicians may feel caught in a moral dilemma: between doing the good they seek and avoiding the harm they foresee. The dilemma is that when investigating global developmental delay it is not possible to avoid all the anticipated negative outcomes of genetic testing and concurrently fulfill our obligations to do the good from which these harmful… CONTINUE READING

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