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A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909-74

Miller, Ian (2016) A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909-74. Palgrave Macmillan. London. 260 pp ISBN 978-3319311128 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

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?

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:history of force feeding, suffragette force feeding, history of hunger strikes, ethics and hunger strikes, doctors and hunger strikes
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:34743
Deposited By: Dr Ian Miller
Deposited On:31 May 2016 06:57
Last Modified:31 May 2016 06:57

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