1 Definitions
2 Perspectives
3 Guidelines
4 Hunger Strikes

Test lesson 3
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Hunger strike - International guidelines and medical management

Learning objectives for this lesson is:
Apply the main medical texts of reference that give ethical guidance to physicians in prolonged hunger strikes.

Differentiate hunger strikes from suicidal behavior - or should they be dealt with as such?

Identify the different clinical phases of a full hunger strike. When should medical monitoring begin, and what should it consist of?


  • International guidelines
  • Medical paternalism in dealing with hunger strikers: is it even justified
  • Suicide and hunger strikes
  • Dual loyalties and false counseling
  • Medical management of hunger strikes and the different stages of total fasting

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