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A History of Force Feeding

Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974

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This book is Open Access under a CC BY license. It is the first monograph-length study of the force-feeding of hunger strikers in English, Irish and Northern Irish prisons. It examines ethical debates that arose throughout the twentieth century when governments authorised the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It also explores the fraught role of prison doctors called upon to perform the procedure. Since the Home Office first authorised force-feeding in 1909, a number of questions have been raised about the procedure. Is force-feeding safe? Can it kill? Are doctors who feed prisoners against their will abandoning the medical ethical norms of their profession? And do state bodies use prison doctors to help tackle political dissidence at times of political crisis?


Titel: A History of Force Feeding
Autoren/Herausgeber: Ian Miller
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9783319311128

Seitenzahl: 267
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 493 g
Sprache: Englisch

Ian Miller is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, Ulster University. He is the author of A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950, Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement, 1845-1922 and Water: A Global History (2015). - Newsletter
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