1st Edition

The Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease

ISBN 9781138107595
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
168 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Our understanding of gender carries significant bioethical implications. An errant account of gender-specific disease can lead to overgeneralizations, undergeneralizations, and misdiagnoses. It can also lead to problems in the structure of health-care delivery, the creation of policy, and the development of clinical curricula.

In this volume, Cutter argues that gender-specific disease and related bioethical discourses are philosophically integrative. Gender-specific disease is integrative because the descriptive roles of gender, disease, and their relation are inextricably tied to their prescriptive roles within frames of reference. An integrative account of gender-specific disease carries ethical implications because our understanding of gender-specific disease is evaluative, and our evaluations of gender-specific disease entail judgments concerning the praiseworthiness and blameworthiness of a clinical event. Cutter supports a "both/and" emphasis on context and integration in relation to gender-specific disease and bioethical analyses.

While the text mainly focuses on gender-specific diseases that affect women, Cutter also includes examples involving men, children, and members of the LGBT community.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents: 1. Background  2. Gender-Specific Disease: Descriptive Analysis  3. Gender-Specific Disease: Prescriptive Analysis  4. Gender-Specific Disease: Contextual Analysis  5. An Integrative Approach to Gender-Specific Disease  6. Rethinking Gender-Specific Disease Nomenclature and Taxonomies  7. Toward an Integrative Bioethics  8. Integrative Bioethics and Assessing Gender-Specific Disease  9. Implications for Health Care for Men, Children, and Members of the LGBT Communities  10. Some Lessons and Challenges  11. Concluding Reflections

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Mary Ann G. Cutter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.