Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction / Edition 1

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Overview

Bioethics has paid surprisingly little attention to the special problems faced by women and to feminist analyses of current health care issues other than reproduction. Feminism

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Editorial Reviews

Diane M. Kondratowicz
This is a collection of 12 original essays written by noted scholars representative of a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. "This work is intended to fill a void in the scholarly literature concerning a subject that, the editor notes, has long and unfortunately been overlooked. Focusing on the important role gender plays in healthcare, contributors explore what feminism might contribute to bioethics. "This work is intended primarily for scholars in medical ethics and women's studies. The content and format of the book would also lend itself well to academic instruction. "The book is divided into two sections. Section I, consisting of five essays, addresses the relationship between feminism and bioethics. Section II, consisting of seven essays, discusses a range of specific healthcare issues in relation to women and feminism. Essay topics include a feminist conception of health, communication in the physician-patient relationship, justice in the context of healthcare resources, genetics, euthanasia, biomedical research, and the HIV epidemic. "Authors contributing to this collection present thoughtful, compelling, and intriguing arguments well deserving of critical attention. By means of introduction, for example, the editor explores the many reasons, inherent in the discipline of bioethics itself, why the subject at hand has long been overlooked. In Section I contributors validate the experiences, interests, and insights of women and offer a number of innovative ideas concerning how their perspectives might be incorporated into healthcare practice (e.g., feminist standpoint theory). Focusing on specific healthcare issues, contributors in Section IIreinforce the importance of gender and the necessity for the inclusion of feminist perspectives in bioethics. Overall, this work does well in filling the void identified by the editor and, as such, makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the scholarly literature.
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Reviewer: Diane M. Kondratowicz, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a collection of 12 original essays written by noted scholars representative of a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.
Purpose: This work is intended to fill a void in the scholarly literature concerning a subject that, the editor notes, has long and unfortunately been overlooked. Focusing on the important role gender plays in healthcare, contributors explore what feminism might contribute to bioethics.
Audience: This work is intended primarily for scholars in medical ethics and women's studies. The content and format of the book would also lend itself well to academic instruction.
Features: The book is divided into two sections. Section I, consisting of five essays, addresses the relationship between feminism and bioethics. Section II, consisting of seven essays, discusses a range of specific healthcare issues in relation to women and feminism. Essay topics include a feminist conception of health, communication in the physician-patient relationship, justice in the context of healthcare resources, genetics, euthanasia, biomedical research, and the HIV epidemic.
Assessment: Authors contributing to this collection present thoughtful, compelling, and intriguing arguments well deserving of critical attention. By means of introduction, for example, the editor explores the many reasons, inherent in the discipline of bioethics itself, why the subject at hand has long been overlooked. In Section I contributors validate the experiences, interests, and insights of women and offer a number of innovative ideas concerning how their perspectives might be incorporated into healthcare practice (e.g., feminist standpoint theory). Focusing on specific healthcare issues, contributors in Section II reinforce the importance of gender and the necessity for the inclusion of feminist perspectives in bioethics. Overall, this work does well in filling the void identified by the editor and, as such, makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the scholarly literature.
From the Publisher
"Powerful anthology of bioethical writings brings together feminist critiques of a wide range of areas sorely in nned of power-based and inclusionary analyses. Because feminist bioethical literature is so diverse and dispersed in the literature, Wolf has served the bioethics community well by collecting so many ideas in one place."—Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195095562
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender and Feminism in Bioethics, S.M. Wolf
I. The Relationship of Feminism and Bioethics
1. Feminism and Bioethics, S. Sherwin
2. Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, R. Tong
3. On Treatment of Myopia: Feminism, Standpoint Theory, and Bioethics, M.B. Mahowald
4. Reconstructing the Patient: Starting with Women of Color, D.E. Roberts
5. What Bioethics Can Learn from the Women's Health Movement, R. Dresser
II. Feminist Perspectives on Specific Problems in Bioethics
6. A Feminist View of Health, L.M. Purdy
7. Communicative Ethics in the Physician-Patient Relationship, J.F. Smith
8. Ethical Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Biomedical Research, V. Merton
9. Women as Vessels and Vectors: Lesson from the HIV Epidemic, R. Faden, N. Kass and D. McGraw
10. Gender and Death: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, S.M. Wolf
11. Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetics, A. Asch and G. Geller
12. Justice in the Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Feminist Account, H.L. Nelson and J.L. Nelson

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