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A History of Force Feeding

Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974

Authors: Miller, Ian

  • Meticulously researched and intelligently interpreted
    Both fascinating and interdisciplinary, it appeals to medical historians, historians of prisons, criminologists, ethicists,  moral philosophers, social historians and members of the public
    The first in-depth look at a neglected area of social history

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It is the first monograph-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 norms of their profession? And do state bodies use prison doctors to help tackle political dissidence at times of political crisis?


About the authors

Ian 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).

Reviews

“Ian Miller has produced a meticulously researched history of hunger striking in Britain and Ireland.  This book covers the extent and nature of hunger striking by convicted persons in prisons as well as the more dramatic use of it in political struggles... Out of this comes a fascinating account of individuals and movements who embraced hunger striking throughout the last hundred years.  The book is an excellent forensic examination of the medical and ethical issues hunger striking raises.” (Greta Jones, University of Ulster, UK)

“Ian Miller has written a groundbreaking book. It takes the reader beyond the standard studies of hunger strikes adding new perspectives to our understanding of this controversial issue.” (Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

“Ian Miller has written a ground breaking book. It takes the reader beyond the standard studies of hunger strikes adding new perspectives to our understanding of this controversial issue.” (Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Miller, Ian

    Pages 1-34

  • ‘A Prostitution of the Profession’?: The Ethical Dilemma of Suffragette Force-Feeding, 1909–14

    Miller, Ian

    Pages 35-66

  • ‘The Instrument of Death’: Prison Doctors and Medical Ethics in Revolutionary-Period Ireland, c.1917

    Miller, Ian

    Pages 67-89

  • ‘A Few Deaths from Hunger Is Nothing’: Experiencing Starvation in Irish Prisons, 1917–23

    Miller, Ian

    Pages 91-123

  • ‘I’ve Heard o’ Food Queues, but This Is the First Time I’ve Ever Heard of a Feeding Queue!’: Hunger Strikers, War, and the State, 1914–61

    Miller, Ian

    Pages 125-152

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-31113-5
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 29,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-31112-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 29,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80966-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Force Feeding
Book Subtitle
Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Distribution Rights
This book is Open Access under a CC-BY license.
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31113-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31113-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31112-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80966-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 267
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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