A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974 1st ed. 2016 Edition, Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


“Ian Miller has produced a meticulously researched history of hunger striking in Britain and Ireland.  This book covers the extent and nature of hunger striking by convicted persons in prisons as well as the more dramatic use of it in political struggles... Out of this comes a fascinating account of individuals and movements who embraced hunger striking throughout the last hundred years.  The book is an excellent forensic examination of the medical and ethical issues hunger striking raises.” (Greta Jones, University of Ulster, UK)

“Ian Miller has written a groundbreaking book. It takes the reader beyond the standard studies of hunger strikes adding new perspectives to our understanding of this controversial issue.” (Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

“Ian Miller has written a ground breaking book. It takes the reader beyond the standard studies of hunger strikes adding new perspectives to our understanding of this controversial issue.” (Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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This book 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?

This book is Open Access under a CC BY license.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 1150 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 276 pages
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2016 Edition (August 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date : August 17, 2016
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07583GF14
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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