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Vulnerability, health, and illness

Robyn Bluhm
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Vol. 5, No. 2, Special Issue on Vulnerability (Fall 2012), pp. 147-161
DOI: 10.2979/intjfemappbio.5.2.147
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Abstract Although it is intuitively obvious that having health problems makes people vulnerable, neither bioethics nor the philosophy of medicine has paid much attention to the relationship between vulnerability and health or illness. In this paper, I draw on work by Erinn Gilson on the nature of vulnerability in order to address this lack, showing that attending to vulnerability illuminates the relationship between health and illness.

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