Nursing, obedience, and complicity with eugenics: a contextual interpretation of nursing morality at the turn of the twentieth century

Berghs, M.; De Casterlé, B. Dierckx; Gastmans, Chris
February 2006
Journal of Medical Ethics;Feb2006, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p117
Academic Journal
This paper uses Margaret Urban Walker's "expressive collaborative" method of moral inquiry to examine and illustrate the morality of nurses in Great Britain from around 1860 to 1915, as well as nursing complicity in one of the first eugenic policies. The authors aim to focus on how context shapes and limits morality and agency in nurses and contributes to a better understanding of debates in nursing ethics both in the past and present.


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