Loyola University Chicago

Aana Marie Vigen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Department of Theology

Women, Ethics, and Inequality in US Healthcare: "To Count Among the Living"


Palgrave Macmillian: 2006
(ISBN 1403973067)


When seriously ill, what contributes to a sense of being truly cared for and respected? This compelling book explores healthcare inequalities by listening closely to Black and Latina women with breast cancer. It puts their stories into conversation with current healthcare statistics, sharp theological imagination, healthcare providers, and social ethics. Vigen contends that ethicists, healthcare providers and scholars arrive at an adequate understanding of human dignity and personhood only when they take seriously the experiences and needs of those most vulnerable due to systemic inequalities. Fully appreciating these particular lives may make US healthcare more humane for all persons.