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Henri Colt, Silvia Quadrelli, and Friedman Lester

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735365.001.0001

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justice, autonomy, and transhumanism

justice, autonomy, and transhumanism


(p.84) 9 justice, autonomy, and transhumanism
The Picture of Health

september williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ethical issues seen in the film Yesterday (2004). The film tells the story of Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), a young black South African mother with HIV/AIDS. Yesterday combats inadequate health care, ignorance, fear, abuse, and alienation. Facing death, she establishes her own goals, completing universal tasks associated with the developmental stage of life's end. The film provides ample opportunities to facilitate consideration of: (1) medical triage justice issues in resource-limited circumstances; (2) autonomy in cross-cultural geopolitical context; and (3) how the discipline of clinical medical ethics, and the clinically relevant twenty-first-century philosophical movement, transhumanism, intersects the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Keywords:   medical ethics, Yesterday, HIV, AIDS, autonomy, transhumanism, South Africa

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