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Confounding Extremities: Surgery at the Medico-Ethical Limits of Self Modification


Annemarie Bridy


University of Idaho College of Law


Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2004

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This article discusses the debate over apotemnophilia and its diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the bioethical, legal, and cultural implications of elective amputation as a possible therapy. The author argues that the sensationalism surrounding apotemnophilia should not be allowed to deter the thoughtful interdisciplinary inquiry that is appropriate to this debate, which raises important questions about the definition of bodily integrity, the process of medical standard-setting, and the limits of physician and patient autonomy when it comes to surgical modification of the body.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: apotemnophilia, surgery, bodily integrity, sex disorders

JEL Classification: I19

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Date posted: August 12, 2007  

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Bridy, Annemarie, Confounding Extremities: Surgery at the Medico-Ethical Limits of Self Modification. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1006644

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Annemarie Bridy (Contact Author)
University of Idaho College of Law ( email )
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
United States
(208) 885-7056 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/annemariebridy
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