In Quest of the Perfect Analogy for Using in Vitro Fertilization Patients as Oocyte Donors
Nisker, Jeffrey A.
Women's Health Issues. 1997 Jul-Aug; 7(4): 241-247.
Whether painted in totalitarian terror, like the organ farm story and The Handmaid's Tale, the science-fiction reality of Make Room! Make Room!, the cinema noir urban tragedy of prostitution, or the portrayals of slavery (Afro-American, Nazi-European, and Russian), this series of resemblances, I hope, illustrates the power of analogy to surface sensitivity to ethical issues in the efficient, and possibly entertaining, texture demanded by medical personnel. Although my quest was quixotic from the start, I hope that this exercise will encourage your consideration of using analogy as an educational tool to heighten the awareness in medical personnel to many issues, to allow our better service of patients and society.
Analogy; Body Parts and Fluids; Coercion; Commodification; Compassion; Dehumanization; Donors; Education; Ethics; Females; In Vitro Fertilization; Indigents; International Aspects; Justice; Literature; Medical Education; Methods; Narrative Ethics; Ovum; Ovum Donors; Patient Compliance; Patients; Power; Remuneration; Reproductive Technologies; Rights; Risk; Science; Slavery; Social Dominance; Teaching Methods;
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