Human Body on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents
The Human Body on Trial asks the basic question: Who's in charge of your body--you or the authorities? Four narrative chapters examine key constitutional questions addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past century concerning the power of the state to regulate the human body, placing the issues in historical context and examining the contemporary legal and medical knowledge that informed each decision.
The book focuses on individual cases, such as Jacobson v. Massachusetts (compulsory vaccination), Buck v. Bell (forced sterilization), and Roe v. Wade (abortion), and discusses such controversial issues as AIDS testing and physician-assisted suicide. A special reference section includes court decisions and other primary documents.
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About the Author
Lynne Curry is assistant professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.
"This work is highly recommended, especially for readers in need of an objective review of the history of ideas on the controversial issues relating to the control of one's body."-- "
American Reference Books Annual"