Saint Louis University

Bishop Book

Untitled Document
View this message as a Web page. | Not on our e-mail list? Sign up here. | Share this newsletter:
Share this
Health Care Ethics Updates
Health Care Ethics Updates


November 4, 2011.  
Bander Endowed Lecture
Bernard Lo, MD
7:30 AM.
LRC Auditorium.

View the entire
Colloquium Calendar

Like Us On Facebook

New Book by Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop

Anticipatory Corpse Jeffrey Bishop, MD, PhD
Notre Dame Press has published The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, a new book by Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop. In this original and compelling book, Dr. Bishop argues that something has gone sadly amiss in the care of the dying by contemporary medicine and in our social and political views of death, as shaped by our scientific successes and ongoing debates about euthanasia and the "right to die" - or to live.

The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, informed by Foucault's genealogy of medicine and power as well as by a thorough grasp of current medical practices and medical ethics, argues that a view of people as machines in motion - people as, in effect, temporarily animated corpses with interchangeable parts - has become epistemologically normative for medicine. The dead body is subtly anticipated in our practices of exercising control over the suffering person, whether through technological mastery in the intensive care unit or through the impersonal, quasi-scientific assessments of psychological and spiritual "medicine."

The result is a kind of nihilistic attitude toward the dying, and troubling contradictions and absurdities in our practices. Wide-ranging in its examples, from organ donation rules in the United States, to ICU medicine, to "spiritual surveys," to presidential bioethics commissions attempting to define death, and to high-profile cases such as Terri Schiavo's, The Anticipatory Corpse explores the historical, political, and philosophical underpinnings of our care of the dying and, finally, the possibilities of change.

This book is a ground-breaking work in bioethics. It will provoke thought and argument for all those engaged in medicine, philosophy, theology, and health policy.

CHCE Home | Faculty | PhD Program | Certificate Program | Research Projects
Professional Education | Consultation Services | Colloquium Calendar | Partnerships | Links

Mailing Address:
Center for Health Care Ethics
3545 Lafayette Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104-1314
Campus Address:
Salus Center
Medical Campus

Telephone: (314) 977-1060
Fax: (314) 977-5150
Saint Louis University logo
© 1818 - 2015  SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY   |   Disclaimer   |  Mobile Site
St. Louis   |   Madrid