Atypical Bodies in Medical Care

Authored by: Ellen K. Feder

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138846791
eBook ISBN: 9781315720739
Adobe ISBN: 9781317519850

10.4324/9781315720739.ch39

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Abstract

Consideration of atypical bodies in medicine requires that we investigate commonsense views about bodily differences. We may understand assessments of normality in the context of medicine to be an objective measure of what is “typical,” but such measures may, as disability theorists have argued, carry unexamined judgments of value that reflect, or perhaps promote, social views of bodily difference that can, in turn, shape medical judgments concerning the meaning of these categories.

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