Feminism and Bioethics

Feminism and Bioethics : Beyond Reproduction

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Bioethics tackles the most vexing problems in health care and the biological sciences: from reproductive technologies to euthanasia, the AIDS epidemic, mapping the human genome, human subjects research, and health care reform. Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to the special problems faced by women and to feminist analyses of current health care issues other than reproduction. This breakthrough volume of original essays authored by leading figures in bioethics and feminist theory moves beyond the areas of reproduction and nursing, taking bioethics into new territory. The book starts with an investigation of the relationship between feminism and bioethics and introduces different approaches to the problem. These chapters stress the importance of liberal feminism that prefers feminist over feminine analysis, integrates the experience of women of color, draws from the women's self-help movement, and uses the feminist stand-point theory. In the second part of the book, the authors apply the feminist perspective to different bioethics problems: euthanasia, AIDS, the definition of health, doctor-patient communication, the Human Genome Project, the conduct of biomedical research, and health care reform. They demonstrate the gain and benefit that results when bioethics pays attention to gender and feminism. This volume will change the way bioethicists, students, patients, and the public think about these profoundly challenging problems.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195095561
  • 9780195095562
  • 2,003,508

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"An important summation of the perspectives of several careful thinkers about feminism and feminism's observations about and influence upon bioethics. It will serve as an excellent catch-up tool for those with some prior interest in bioethics who are ready to explore or expand their knowledge about the theories and role of feminist and feminine ethics."-- ournal of the American Medical Association"This volume of original essays authored by leading figures in bioethics and feminist theory moves beyond reproduction, taking feminist analysis of bioethics into new territory....The authors demonstrate the benefit that results when bioethics pays careful attention to gender and feminism."--Issues in Law & Medicine"Authors contributing to this collection present thoughtful, compelling, and intriguing arguments well deserving of critical attention...Makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the scholarly literature.--"Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journalshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Gender and Feminism in Bioethics ; THE RELATIONSHIP OF FEMINISM AND BIOETHICS ; 1. Feminism and Bioethics ; 2. Feminist Approaches to Bioethics ; 3. On Treatment of Myopia: Feminism, Standpoint Theory, and Bioethics ; 4. Reconstructing the Patient: Starting with Women of Color ; 5. What Bioethics Can Learn from the Women's Health Movement ; FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON SPECIFIC PROBLEMS IN BIOETHICS ; 6. A Feminist View of Health ; 7. Communicative Ethics in the Physician-Patient Relationship ; 8. Ethical Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Biomedical Research ; 9. Women as Vessels and Vectors: Lesson from the HIV Epidemic ; 10. Gender and Death: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia ; 11. Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetics ; 12. Justice in the Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Feminist Accountshow more

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