Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 395-401

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Textual Practices in Crafting Bioethics Cases

  • Brian HurwitzAffiliated withCentre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London Email author 


Bioethics case reports generally treat aspects of moral fathomability, characterised and addressed in different ways. This paper reads the case as a textual model of scenarios and draws attention to its structure, narrative shape, linguistic register, and the effects of tone and temporality on reader expectation and responsiveness. Such textual elements of case composition reflect authorial purpose and influence the interpretation, including moral and ethical interpretation, of bioethics cases.


Case Narrative Bioethics Composition Interpretation