Ethical challenges in forcible feeding among patients with anorexia nervosa and prisoners
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Arch Psych Psych 2006;8(3):85–96
Forcible feeding is the most frequent behavioural intervention in the case of severely emaciated self-starving patients. The present article describes ethical problems, especially ethical challenges, in forcible feeding among anorexic patients and prisoners. On the basis of detailed considerations, the author formulated a metaphorical parallel between anorexia nervosa patients and prisoners, which may explain many adverse consequenes of force-feeding among anorexic patients. The main intention of the author of this article is to encourage a discussion on ethical questions concerning forcible feeding in the case of self-starvation.