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February 23, 1990

Between Strangers: Surrogate Mothers, Expectant Fathers, and Brave New Babies

JAMA. 1990;263(8):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440080144042

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This is really two books in one: an exposition of the case for surrogate parenthood by one who is well versed in its recent history and current controversies and a series of life stories of individuals (given pseudonyms) who have been surrogates. The narrative is written in a breezy style reminiscent of a novel or a Sunday newspaper supplement, interspersed with significant facts about the surrogate movement as it has evolved in this country during the past few years.

The author is a lawyer and the medical-law project director of the American Bar Foundation and has been very much involved in this evolution herself, having testified in pertinent hearings and been a source person for committees active in the area. Her two previous books include a "Consumer's Guide" to the newer reproductive technologies and a book entitled Medical Genetics: A Legal Frontier.

The author gives a reasonably balanced history