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The Whiteness of Bioethics

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A discussion of whiteness as an “ethos” or “relational category” in bioethics, drawing on examples from medical and historical research.

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Anderson, W. The Whiteness of Bioethics. Bioethical Inquiry 18, 93–97 (2021).

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