When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including infant male circumcision and cutting the genitals of female children, the separation of conjoined twins, surgical sex assignment of intersex children and the surgical re-assignment of transsexuals, limb and face transplantation, cosmetic surgery, and placebo surgery.
Introduction. The ethics of contested surgeris / David Benatar -- pt. I. Male circumcision and female genital cutting -- 1. Between prophylaxis and child abuse : the ethics of neonatal male circumcision / Michael Benatar, David Benatar -- 2. The ethics of neonatal male circumcision : helping parents to decide / Leslie Cannold -- 3. Genital alteration of female minors / Dena S. Davis -- pt. II. Sex assignment and reassignment surgery -- 4. The ethics of surgically assigning sex for intersex children / Merle Spriggs, Julian Savulescu -- 5. Transsexualism and gender reassignment surgery / Heather Daper, Neil Evans -- pt. III. Separating conjoined twins -- 6. Separating conjoined twins : disability, ontology, and moral status / Richard Hull, Stephen Wilkinson -- 7. Conjunction and separation : viable relationships, equitable partings / David Wasserman -- pt. IV. Limb and face transplantation -- 8. Ethical issues in limb transplants / Donna Dickenson, Guy Widdershoven -- 9. Changing faces : ethics, identity, and facial transplantation / Fran??oise Baylis -- pt. V. Cosmetic surgery -- 10. A defense of cosmetic surgery / Stephen Coleman --11. Beauty under the knife : a feminist appraisal of cosmetic surgery / Rosemarie Tong, Hilde Lindemann -- pt. VI. Placebo surgery -- 12. The emperor's new scar : the ethics of placebo surgery / David Neil -- 13. Sham surgery and reasonable risks / Alex John London
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 13th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America