First, Do No Harm: Power, Oppression, and Violence in Healthcare / Edition 1

First, Do No Harm: Power, Oppression, and Violence in Healthcare / Edition 1

by Nancy L. Diekelmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 029917784X

ISBN-13: 9780299177843

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

First, Do No Harm shows how health care professionals, with the best intentions of providing excellent, holistic health care, can nonetheless perpetuate violence against vulnerable patients. The essays investigate the need to rethink contemporary healthcare practices in ways that can bring the art and science of medicine back into sorely needed balance.

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Overview

First, Do No Harm shows how health care professionals, with the best intentions of providing excellent, holistic health care, can nonetheless perpetuate violence against vulnerable patients. The essays investigate the need to rethink contemporary healthcare practices in ways that can bring the art and science of medicine back into sorely needed balance.

These ground-breaking studies by noted scholars question commonly held assumptions in contemporary healthcare that underlie oppressive power dynamics and even violence for patients and their families. The contributors discuss such topics as women and violence, life-support technologies, and healthcare professionals' own experiences as patients. First, Do No Harm opens the discourse for reaching new understandings, from reassessing the meaning of "quality of life" to questioning the appropriateness of the very language used by healthcare professionals. It will be welcomed by healthcare workers and by scholars in nursing, medicine, and the allied health sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299177843
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
Introductionxvii
1.Harming Patients in the Name of Quality of Life3
2.Neither Here Nor There: The Story of a Health Professional's Experience With Getting Care and Needing Caring49
3.Living a Life-Sustained-By-Medical-Technology: Dialysis Is Killing Me118
4.The Violence of the Everyday in Healthcare164
5.Telling Stories of Suffering and Survival: Women and Violence204
Contributors253
Index257

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