Notes And References

(1) The Times, April 3, 1981, page 1.
(2) The Times, April 21, 1981, page 3.
(3) The Times, October 6, 1981, page 1.
(4) On November 14, 1981, after Dr Arthur’s acquittal, After the Trial at Leicester appeared as an editorial in the Lancet, together with a report in the Medicine and the Law column, Acquittal of Paediatrician Charged after Death of Infant with Down Syndrome, by the barrister Diana Brahams.
(5) The Times, October 23, 1981, page 5.
(6) The Times, October 28, 1981, page 3.
(7) The Times, October 14, 1981, page 2.
(8) The Times, November 6, 1981, page 1.
(9) The Times, January 5, 1984, page 10.
(10) Paediatricians and the law, published in the British Medical Journal, SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 1981, pages 1280-01.
(11) The parents, Rina and Michael Attard, from the Maltese island of Gozo, were not initially identified; the names Mary and Jody were used to protect their anonymity.
(12) The 13 January 2005 issue of the women’s magazine Take a Break contains an article LET MY BABY LIVE which throws some light on this difficult subject; in 1995, of the 4004 babies born in Britain between 20 and 25 weeks, only 1200 were born alive, and 811 of these needed intensive care. Disturbingly, the same article reveals that the Dutch Paediatric Association has a policy of not treating babies born at or before 23-4 weeks “since the chances of survival are so small”. This policy appears to be in direct conflict with the British statistics.

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