Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 243–248

Questioning Scrutiny

Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-012-9376-9

Cite this article as:
Wahlert, L. & Fiester, A. Bioethical Inquiry (2012) 9: 243. doi:10.1007/s11673-012-9376-9


The clinic is a loaded space for LGBTQI persons. Historically a site of pathology and culturally a site of stigma, the contemporary clinic for queer patient populations and their loved ones is an ethically fraught space. This paper, which introduces the featured articles of this special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry on “Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity,” begins by offering an analysis of scrutiny itself. How do we scrutinize? When is it apt for us to scrutinize? And what are the benefits and perils of clinical and bioethical scrutiny? Bearing in mind these questions, the second half of this paper introduces the feature articles in this special issue in response to such forms of scrutiny. How, why, when, and in what ways to sensitively scrutinize LGBTQI persons in the clinic are the aims of this piece.


Queer health bioethics scrutiny stigma 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Ethics and Health PolicyPerelman School of Medicine, University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Center for BioethicsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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