Download PDF by Ian Miller: A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and

By Ian Miller

ISBN-10: 3319311123

ISBN-13: 9783319311128

ISBN-10: 3319311131

ISBN-13: 9783319311135

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It is the 1st monograph-length research of the force-feeding of starvation strikers in English, Irish and northerly Irish prisons. It examines moral debates that arose during the 20th century while governments approved the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It additionally explores the fraught position of criminal medical professionals known as upon to accomplish the method. because the domestic place of work first permitted force-feeding in 1909, a few questions were raised concerning the method. Is force-feeding secure? Can it kill? Are medical professionals who feed prisoners opposed to their will forsaking the scientific moral norms in their occupation? And do country our bodies use legal medical professionals to assist take on political dissidence every now and then of political crisis?

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34 But was it really the duty of prison doctors to feed to save lives? Did prison doctors perform the procedure decorously? And did the feeding of fasting prisoners 42 I. MILLER against their wishes really benefit society? The answers to these questions appeared unclear. The safety of force-feeding was a particularly pressing matter. If forcefeeding was dangerous, then it could hardly be considered appropriate. Prison doctors used two instruments to feed: the nasal tube and stomach tube. They occasionally used a stomach pump.

In summary, this chapter investigates the reasons why force-feeding came to be agreed upon as ethically unacceptable in the context of the Northern Irish Troubles, seemingly ending a debate that had first arisen in 1909 during the suffragette hunger strikes. NOTES 1. Chris Yuill, ‘The Body as Weapon: Bobby Sands and the Republican Hunger Strikes’, Sociological Research Online, 12:2 (March 2007). www. html. 18; Megan A.  97–111. 2.  393. 3.  202–23. 4.  234–5. 5.  136–60. 6.  206–10. 7. Vera Fichner, Memoirs of a Revolutionist (New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 [1927]).

Indeed, this can be considered one of the key strengths of hunger striking: its ability to challenge the authority of a male-dominated medical profession and state in using medical technologies to quell female political rebellion. Force-feeding evoked powerful images of hunger strikers as oppressed, vulnerable individuals unfairly stripped of political and bodily rights. Yet suffragettes did not necessarily view their subjugation by prison doctors as too incompatible with the general behaviour of contemporary medical men.

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