First published in 1997, this volume explores how we live in a society which is developing beyond human experience and comprehension – fast. Advances in technology and medicine are profoundly affecting the manner of human living from the beginning through to the end of life. These advances present exciting and demanding challenges to law-makers, policy-makers and healthcare providers, who make decisions about genetics, human reproduction, competence, medical treatment priorities and dying. They also compel us to pay attention to human rights. This international collection of essays combines the thoughts and ideas of women scholars writing about these complex developments and aims at provoking debate and dissension as well as an opportunity for reflection. The writers explore a range of common themes in different areas and provide a coherent framework for law and policy-making, to serve as a foundation for the challenges ahead.
Table of Contents
1. Hippocrates: Dead or Alice? Alison Britton. 2. ‘It’s Not Society That’s the Problem, It’s Women’s Bodies’: A Historical View of Medical Treatment of Women. Wendy Mitchinson. 3. Female and Disabled: A Human Rights Perspective on Law and Medicine. Melinda Jones and Lee Ann Marks. 4. The Interaction Between Family Planning Policies and the Introduction of New Reproductive Technologies. R. Alta Charo. 5. Reproductive Autonomy and Reproductive Technology: Gender, Deviance and Infertility. Sharyn L. Roach Anleu. 6. Gamete Donation, Reproductive Technology and the Law. Belinda Bennett. 7. Life After Death? Legal and Ethical Considerations of Maintaining Pregnancy in Brain Dead Women. Sarah Elliston. 8. Letting Die or Assisting Death: How Should the Law Respond to the Patient in a Persistent Vegetative State? Sheila A.M. McLean. 9. Gender and Equity: Emerging Issues in Australian Clinical Drug Trial Regulatory Policies. Leanna Darvall. 10. The Science of Biotechnology: Present, Past and Future Quagmires. Philippa Gannon. 11. Dissecting Medical Power. Kerry Petersen.
’...an important contribution to international medico-legal scholarship...accessible and stimulating reading for all those interested in the radical changes occurring to the provision of medical services, especially to women...useful reading for medico-legal courses provided to lawyers, doctors and health professionals generally and...of interest to members of the informed public concerned about the impact that the new biotechnologies are likely to exercise upon all of us in the 21st century.’ Journal of Law and Medicine ’...the collection contains an interesting range of perceptive essays discussing the operation of medical power over a series of areas...’ Journal of Medical Ethics ’...the book contains a provocative set of unusually well referenced contributions and serves as a valuable work in itself and as a starting point for readers introduction to issues in women’s health care in English-speaking countries.’ European Journal of Health Law