Medicine And Books

Bodies in Glass: Genetics, Eugenics, Embryo Ethics

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1561
  1. Mary Warnock, former chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation

    Deborah Lynn Steinberg / Manchester University Press, £35, pp 224 / ISBN 0 7190 4667 X

    It may be of some interest to members of the medical profession hitherto unacquainted with postmodernist feminism to grapple with this book. Postmodernism is based on the premise that there is no such thing as truth corresponding with facts, there is only a variety of “discourses” representing different points of view. We tell each other stories, and these stories may direct us towards action, especially if they are told by powerful and persuasive people, but no story has ultimate authority. The feminist version of postmodernism emphasises the difference between stories told by women and those told by men, and Ms Steinberg is concerned with these discourses “around” (as she would …

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