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The book describes a case-based or "feminine" model of reasoning as ap propriate to the health care setting, but also as a possible rationale for exploitation of women. Different versions of feminism are clearly explained and specifically related to care-based reasoning. To overco me the pitfalls of paternalism and excessive stress on patient autonom y, a concept of "parentalism" is defended. An egalitarian perspective, the author claims, involves use of one's power to empower others. Bec ause of the timeliness of the topics discussed, and the depth of detai l, this book will be necessary reading for all bioethicists, health-ca re analysts and policy-makers, and women's studies researchers.
This book contains black-and-white illustrations.
1. An Egalitarian Overview