Understanding Eating Disorders: Conceptual and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

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Simona Giordano presents the first full philosophical study of ethical issues in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Beginning with a comprehensive analysis of these conditions and an exploration of their complex causes, she then proceeds to address legal and ethical dilemmas such as a patient's refusal of life-saving treatment. Illustrated with many case-studies, Understanding Eating Disorders is an essential tool for anyone working with sufferers of these much misunderstood conditions, and for all those ethicists, lawyers, and medical practitioners engaged with the widely relevant issues they raise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199269747
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Manchester
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Table of Contents

Part I: Clinical Understanding of Eating Disorders and of the Ethical Issues Involved
1. Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa
2. Paternalism vs Respect for Autonomy: the Case of the Eating Disordered Person
3. Is Pathological Behaviour Caused by Mental Illness?
4. Scientific Understanding of Eating Disorders
Part II: Eating Disorders and the Value of Lightness
5. Lightness and Eating Disorders
6. The Value of Lightness
Part III: The Family and Society of the Person with Eating Disorders
7. The Role of Expectations in the Genesis of Eating Disorders
8. The Society of the Person with Eating Disorders
9. Victims or Persecutors? The Moral Logic at the Heart of Eating Disorders
10. Familial and Social Causes of Eating Disorders: A Critique of the Systemic and Sociological Approaches to Eating Disorders
Part IV: Legal Issues, Autonomy, and End of Life Decisions
11. Eating or Treating? Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Eating Disorders
12. Autonomy and Control in Eating Disorders
13. Anorexia Nervosa and Refusal of Life-Saving Interventions
Conclusion: The Need for Change

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