By Ian Miller
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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 whilst 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 process. because the domestic place of work first approved force-feeding in 1909, a couple of questions were raised concerning the process. Is force-feeding secure? Can it kill? Are medical professionals who feed prisoners opposed to their will leaving behind the scientific moral norms in their occupation? And do country our bodies use felony medical professionals to assist take on political dissidence now and then of political crisis?
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Extra info for A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974
It uses statistical and textual evidence relating to twentieth-century English convict prisoners who went on hunger strike to add support to the view that prison doctors performed the procedure to enact discipline and subdue rebellion. It makes extensive use of newspaper coverage and a unique source: a detailed register of hunger strikes staged in English prisons maintained by the Prison Commissioners of England and Wales. Between 1913 and 1940, the Commissioners meticulously recorded prisoner motivations for hunger striking, the length of hunger strikes, the different feeding methods used by doctors, and the prisons in which prisoners staged hunger strikes, leaving behind a detailed record of convict force-feeding.
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Many were unable to cope with the pressure of letting patients die. One shot himself in the head. 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.
A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974 by Ian Miller