Manuscripts from the Diary of a Physician: Power, Ethics, and the Super-Doctor
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This chapter analyses two episodes from the relatively unknown Manuscripts from the Diary of a Physician series to address the deontological conflict at the heart of the Act—on the one side, the medical fraternity’s need for fresh bodies, and the pauper’s inferior position in society on the other. The chapter frames the narratives within the body traffic context and discourses about the medical fraternity and bodysnatchers circulated in popular culture and the press. This section also examines how the juxtaposition of doctors showing different degrees of work ethic in the narrative reveals the ethical conflict characterizing the Act. Finally, the chapter introduces the concept of the ‘medical gaze’ as a symbol of power, one of the core concepts of the book.
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