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Sex and Medicine : Gender, Power and Authority in the Medical Profession - Rosemary Pringle

Sex and Medicine

Gender, Power and Authority in the Medical Profession

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Published: 13th June 1998
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Professional medicine has often been seen as a field that discriminates against women as doctors and patients. Yet women are entering medicine in increasing numbers. This book explores the position of women in the medical profession in Australia and the UK, asking the key question 'Do women doctors make a difference?' Based on an extensive survey of general practitioners and specialists, the book evokes the culture of contemporary medicine by describing the experiences of doctors themselves, often in their own words. Pringle employs a distinctive theoretical approach, but writes accessibly and with insight about a profession that is slowly being transformed. She notes the success of women in entering medicine and describes the ways in which they have challenged medical authority and practice. This is an original and important work that contains new visions for medical practice.

'This admirable study is informed by a theoretical underpinning, but its real strength lies in its fresh research, its feel for the pulse of the present, its crisp prose, and Pringle's bold refusal to bow to the old cliches. Sex and Medicine is essential reading for anyone concerned with where the medical profession is going'. The Times Higher Education Supplement '... important and valuable contribution to our understanding of the ways in which a gendered health care division of labour has developed.' Medical History

Introduction
Women take the field
The power of gynaecology
As a fish out of water: Women in surgery
Inside medicine: The physician specialties
The unconscious of medicine: Anaesthesia and psychiatry
The subalterns of general practice
Nursing a grievance: Doctor-nurse relations
Doctors and the women's health movement
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521570930
ISBN-10: 052157093X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 13th June 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54