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A History of Force Feeding

Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • 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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About this book

This book is Open Access under a CC BY license. 

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?


Keywords

  • Force feeding
  • History
  • Prisons
  • Hunger strikes
  • Medical ethics

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)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulster University, Coleraine, United Kingdom

    Ian Miller

About the author

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).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A History of Force Feeding

  • Book Subtitle: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974

  • Authors: Ian Miller

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31113-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-31112-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80966-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-31113-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 267

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social History, History of Science

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)