Confounding Extremities: Surgery at the Medico-Ethical Limits of Self Modification
University of Idaho College of Law; Stanford University Center for Internet and Society
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2004
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
Date posted: August 12, 2007