Leaky Bodies and Boundaries. Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)ethicsBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7117.1243a (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1243
- Christopher Dowrick
- professor of primary medical care, University of Liverpool
Margrit Shildrick, Routledge, £45, pp 272 ISBN 0 415 14616 X
The medical model—derived, according to Shildrick, from Cartesian dualism—involves a fundamental split between the mind and the body. The knowing mind (the doctor, the male) is detached from the corporeal raw material (the patient, the female). The mind observes and dispenses wisdom at a distance without being involved with or affected by the body.
Starting with the female body as her central reality and metaphor, Shildrick urges us in radically different directions. The …