The Possibility of Care: Medical Ethics and the Death of Steve Biko

  title={The Possibility of Care: Medical Ethics and the Death of Steve Biko},
  author={Jesse Bucher},
  journal={Journal of Asian and African Studies},
  pages={567 - 579}
  • J. Bucher
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Asian and African Studies
This article analyzes the debates surrounding the inadequate medical care reportedly offered to Steve Biko during the final weeks of his life in 1977. For the past three decades, medical ethicists have used the so-called ‘Biko Case’ to define the ethical obligations of medical practitioners who operate under systems of authoritarian rule. This evaluation of Biko’s death has reduced the history of apartheid to a narrative of political repression. This article argues that this process of… 
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