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Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries

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When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including infant male circumcision and cutting the ge … weiterlesen
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Titel: Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries
Autor/en: Michael Benatar, Leslie Cannold

ISBN: 0742550001
EAN: 9780742550001
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von David Benatar
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBL GROU

März 2006 - gebunden - 236 Seiten

Beschreibung

When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including infant male circumcision and cutting the genitals of female children, the separation of conjoined twins, surgical sex assignment of intersex children and the surgical re-assignment of transsexuals, limb and face transplantation, cosmetic surgery, and placebo surgery.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: The Ethics of Contested Surguries Part 3 Part I: Male Circumcision and Female Genital Cutting Chapter 4 1. Between Prophylaxis and Child Abuse: The Ethics of Neonatal Male Circumcision Chapter 5 2. The Ethics of Neonatal Male Circumcision: Helping Parents to Decide Chapter 6 3. Genital Alteration of Female Minors Part 7 Part II: Sex Assignment and Reassignment Surgery Chapter 8 4. The Ethics of Surgically Assigning Sex for Intersex Infants Chapter 9 5. Transsexualism and Gender Reassignment Surgery Part 10 Part III: Separating Conjoined Twins Chapter 11 6. Separating Conjoined Twins: Disability, Ontology and Moral Status Chapter 12 7. Conjunction and Separation: Viable Relationships, Equitable Partings Part 13 Part IV: Limb and Face Transplantation Chapter 14 8. Ethical Issues in Limb Transplants Chapter 15 9. Changing faces: Ethics, identity and facial transplantation Part 16 Part V: Cosmetic Surgery Chapter 17 10. A Defence of Cosmetic Surgery Chapter 18 11. Beauty under the Knife: A Feminist Appraisal of Cosmetic Surgery Part 19 Part VI: Placebo Surgery Chapter 20 12. The Emperor's New Scar: The Ethics of Placebo Surgery Chapter 21 13. Sham Surgery and Reasonable Risks Part 22 Suggestions for Further Reading Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Editor and Contributors

Portrait

David Benatar is an associate professor and head of the philosophy department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Cutting to the Core shows us how we need to think about some of the most disturbing forms of surgical intervention-interventions which are fervently desired by individuals, but which may do more harm than good. This compelling and highly accessible collection of essays establishes once and for all the importance of ethics for understanding the implications of medical practice. -- Kathy Davis, author of Dubious Equalities and Embodied Differences: Cultural Studies on Cosmetic Surgery Several contributions stand out as exceptionally novel and insightful. The New England Journal Of Medicine Prospective surgeons, along with other health professionals and the public, should read this book. CHOICE Although the book was written primarily with surgeons in mind and is ideally suited to help them reflect on their own practices, its accessibility and openness to the contradictory realities of embodiment invite us all to think more critically about what we expect surgery to do for us and what the surgical elimination of embodied differences would mean for our sense of who we are, our interactions with one another, and the quality of our social lives. Hastings Center Report Cutting to the Core is an interesting and enlightening book...I regard the book as a valuable addition to my bioethics library. -- Andrew Brei, Purdue University Metapsychology Online Reviews We can remake ourselves. Or can we? This is the definitive collection of what happens when our and our children's identity goes under the knife. -- Glenn McGee, Director, Alden March Bioethics Institute
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