Feminist Perspectives in Medical Ethics

Feminist Perspectives in Medical Ethics

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The fields of medical ethics and women's studies have experienced unprecedented growth during the last twenty years. Along with the rapid pace of development in medicine and biology and changes in social expectations, moral quandaries about the body and social practices involving it have multiplied. Philosophers are uniquely situated to attempt to clarify and resolve these questions. Until recently, however, the subdiscipline of biomedical ethics has reflected mainstream scholars' lack of interest in gender as a category of analysis. The aim of this volume is to show how a feminist perspective advances biomedical ethics. Writing at the forefront of feminist medical ethics, the authors uncover inconsistencies in traditional arguments and argue for the importance of hitherto ignored factors in decision making. The essays include both theory and very specific examples that demonstrate the glaring inadequacy of mainstream medical ethics. This book makes clear the urgent need to correct gender bias and to attend to women's concerns. The reader will come to insist that the values of women are basic to any search for responsible, fair assessment of moral issues in medicine.
The contributors are Nora Kizer Bell, Jeannine Ross Boyer, Joan C. Callahan, John C. Fletcher, Sara T. Fry, Helen Bequaert Holmes, Sara Ann Ketchum, James W. Knight, Rosalind Ekman Ladd, Judith Lorber, Heidi M. Malm, Don Marquis, Julien Murphy, Hilde Lindemann Nelson, James Lindemann Nelson, Kelly Oliver, Laura M. Purdy, Sue V. Rosser, Susan Sherwin, Betty A. Sichel, Mary Anne Warren, Virginia L. Warren, Susan Wendell, and Dorothy C. Wertz.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.7 x 228.1 x 22.4mm | 512.58g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2figs.
  • 0253206952
  • 9780253206954

About Helen B. Holmes

HELEN BEQUAERT HOLMES is Scholar Associate in the Office of Women s Research at Hartford College for Women. She is co-editor of Birth Control and Controlling Birth: Women-Centered Perspectives and The Custom-Made Child? Women-Centered Perspectives. LAURA M. PURDY, Professor of Philosophy at Wells College, is author of Liberated Children, Lost Children? She has also published articles on reproductive ethics."
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Table of contents

Preface A Call to Heal Medicine Helen Bequaert Holmes A Call to Heal Ethics Laura M. Purdy The Medical Ethics Community: Feminist Views Feminist and Medical Ethics: Two Different Approaches to Contextual Ethics Susan Sherwin Feminist Directions in Medical Ethics Virginia L. Warren Women and AIDS: Too Little, Too Late? Nora Kizer Bell Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability Susan Wendell If Age Becomes a Standard for Rationing Health Care... Nora Kizer Bell The Role of Caring in Heath Care The Role of Caring in a Theory of Nursing Ethics Sara T. Fry A Comment on FryOs OThe Role of Caring in a Theory of Nursing EthicsO Jeannine Ross Boyer and James Lindemann Nelson Ethics of Caring and the Institutional Ethics Committee Betty A. Sichel Women and Clinical Experiments Re-visioning Clinical Research: Gender and the Ethics of Experimental Design Sue. V. Rosser An Ethical Problem Concerning Recent Therapeutic Research on Breast Cancer Don Marquis Can Clinical Research Be Both Ethical and Scientific?: A Commentary Inspired by Rosser and Marquis Helen Bequaert Holmes Women and New Reproductive OChoicesO Choice, Gift, or Patriarchal Bargain? WomenOs Consent to In Vitro Fertilization in Male Infertility Judith Lorber Is Pregnancy Necessary? Feminist Concerns about Ectogenesis Julien S. Murphy The Moral Significance of Birth Mary Anne Warren Women in Labor: Some Issues about Informed Consent Rosalind Ekman Ladd Women, Fetuses, Medicine, and the Law Joan C. Callahan and James W. Knight Sex Selection through Prenatal Diagnosis: A Feminist Critique Dorothy C. Wertz and John C. Fletcher Contract Pregnancy Cutting Motherhood in Two: Some Suspicions Concerning Surrogacy Hilde Lindemann Nelson and James Lindemann Nelson Marxism and Surrogacy Kelly Oliver Selling Babies and Selling Bodies Sara Ann Ketchum Commodification or Compensation: A Reply to Ketchum H. M. Malm Notes on Contributors Index
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