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Cochlear Implants in Children
Ethics and Choices

John B. Christiansen
and Irene W. Leigh

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Christiansen and Leigh (both of whom are themselves Deaf) finally bring a voice of reason to a very emotional issue. One of their stated goals is to overcome the “either-or” thinking that has characterized the debate over pediatric cochlear implantation, with the medical establishment and the media touting it as little short of a miracle, and the Deaf community likening it to cultural genocide. They succeed admirably. This is by far the most fair, lucid discussion of pediatric cochlear implantation to date. Much of the material comes from several hundred responses to a questionnaire distributed by the Gallaudet Research Institute to parents who have considered implantation for their children, and from several dozen interviews with families and the implantees themselves, conducted by the authors. The book provides a wonderful balance of factual research data and quoted comments from the participants. It captures the highly emotional nature of the families’ decisions while providing clear medical information regarding the procedure. This is an invaluable asset for families researching options for their deaf children and should be required reading for professionals assisting them in their decision. All levels.

-- A.G. Sidone, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

John B. Christiansen is Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Irene W. Leigh is Professor Emerita, Psychology, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

ISBN 978-1-56368-116-5, 6 x 9 casebound, 340 pages, figures, tables, index


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