Neonatal Pain by Giuseppe Buonocore
Suffering, Pain, and Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Newborn

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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 Giuseppe Buonocore

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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.
Published February 13, 2008 by Springer Milan. 172 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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