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Childrens Health and Childrens Rights: an Introduction

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This chapter presents an overview of the book Children's Health and Children's Rights.Despite the more prominent focus on children's rights today, reflected in and stimulated by the International Journal of Children's Rights, relatively little attention has been given to children's rights in the health care area. There are now three monographs, and there is increasing discussion in books on children's rights. The questions that are raised include: who decides whether a sick child should be treated? When is a child competent to decide upon treatment? If a child can agree to treatment? Can she/he also refuse treatment? Should grossly premature babies be saved? Can anorexic adolescents be force-fed? and can children donate organs to siblings? and is the genetic screening of children legitimate? Many of these issues, and several others, are discussed in this collection.

Keywords: anorexic adolescents; children's rights; genetic screening; health care



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