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- DescriptionThis book is Open Access under a CC BY license. It is the first mograph-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 rms of their profession? And do state bodies use prison doctors to help tackle political dissidence at times of political crisis?
- Author BiographyIan 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).
- Author(s)Ian Miller
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication18/08/2016
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations, 6 colour illustrations, 5 black & white tables, biography
- Weight493 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine20 mm
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