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Re: [Bioethics] Parents end legal fight over Siamese twins

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  • Kirk C Allison
    Re. Rhetoric The vampiristic language that has been applied to Mary vis. Jodie ( parasitic, sucking her [=Jodie s] life blood ) implies that not a cell
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      Re. Rhetoric

      The vampiristic language that has been applied to 'Mary' vis. 'Jodie'
      ('parasitic,' 'sucking her [=Jodie's] life blood') implies that not a cell
      of hemoglobin originated from Mary, etc. The rhetorical strategies
      involved should not so easily be adopted without further comment. I have
      yet to see comment on this point. As the decision was consolidated,
      increasingly radical characterizations were made (and repeated) -
      revealing perhaps more concerning the needs of the speakers than
      concerning the physiology of the children.

      Kirk C. Allison
      Program in Human Rights and Medicine
      University of Minnesota
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