Abstract

Cultural metaphors identify neonatal intensive care with extraterrestism, but describe liminal preterm patients as subhuman or nonhuman. These metaphors, Whittier argues, contextualize a failure to provide adequate pain relief for preterm infants. Other factors, be they pharmacological, educational, structural, or representational, also contribute to verbal denial of infant pain, as well as to the dialogic compromise and ethical stress imposed on medical personnel despite recent technological advances and calls for reform from neonatologists themselves. A response to "The Ethics of Metaphor and the Infant Body in Pain," by pediatrician John Lantos, and Whittier's response to Lantos, follows this article.

Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6571
Print ISSN
0278-9671
Pages
pp. 210-235
Launched on MUSE
1999-11-01
Open Access
N
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