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 northern Irish prisons. It examines moral debates that arose during the 20th century whilst governments permitted the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It additionally explores the fraught position of legal medical professionals known as upon to accomplish the process. because the domestic workplace first accredited force-feeding in 1909, a few questions were raised in regards to the approach. 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 career? And do country our bodies use legal medical professionals to assist take on political dissidence from time to time of political crisis?

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Dowdall force-fed many of them when they 24 I. MILLER went on hunger strike. In doing so, he found himself positioned precariously between the state and the fasting prisoners under his care. This chapter also suggests that institutional problems develop when medical staff harbour negative attitudes towards politicised prisoners. Doctors do not always act neutrally; they share attitudes towards certain patients which can affect treatment, particularly during conflict when the willingness of doctors to adhere to medical ethical norms can be compromised by the socio-political climate in which they reside.

12. html. 19. 13.  21–2. 14.  18–38. 15.  K.  Stuart Ross, Smashing H-Block: The Popular Campaign Against Criminalisation and the Irish Hunger Strikes, 1976–1982 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011); Thomas Hennessey, Hunger Strike: Margaret Thatcher’s Battle with the IRA, 1980–1981 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2013). 16. James McKenna, Farhat Manzoor and Greta Jones, Candles in the Dark: Medical Ethical Issues in Northern Ireland during the Troubles (London: Nuffield Trust, 2009). 17.

19 Despite considerable reservations, force-feeding became established as a standard therapeutic practice for halting starvation. 20 While asylum physicians were perfecting their feeding technologies, groups of women were gathering together to discuss why they were not allowed to vote. In England, the Reform Act of 1832 had extended voting rights to adult males who rented propertied land of a certain value. It gave voting rights to around one in seven men. The Reform Act of 1867 extended the franchise to men in urban areas who met a property qualification, further increasing the scope of male suffrage.

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