Beyond the Natural Body: An Archaeology of Sex Hormones

Beyond the Natural Body: An Archaeology of Sex Hormones

by Nelly Oudshoorn
     
 

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.See more details below

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415091909
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/17/1994
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
1Introduction1
Under the spell of the body1
Sex and the body6
The making of the hormonal body9
2The birth of sex hormones15
How the concept of sex hormones originated16
The emergence of sex endocrinology20
Sex hormones as dualistic agents of sex22
Sex-specific origin24
Source and identity of "heterosexual hormones"27
The function of hormones31
Terminology and classification34
On masculine women and feminine men37
3The measuring of sex hormones42
Tests for female sex hormones43
Tests for male sex hormones49
Disciplinary styles and instrumental incentives50
The impact of laboratory tests on medical practice53
Redefining masculinity and femininity59
4The making of sex hormones65
Gaining access to research materials66
Dutch sex endocrinology68
Networks between laboratory scientists and pharmaceutical companies71
The quest for ovaries and female urine73
The quest for testes and male urine76
Research materials as carriers of knowledge claims79
5The marketing of sex hormones
Organon: a science-based company83
The promotion of female sex hormones87
The promotion of male sex hormones98
Cracks in the scientific and therapeutic program105
6The transformation of sex hormones into the pill112
Birth control: from taboo to technology113
Testing in disguise118
An island laboratory125
Representing women as menstrual cycles128
The continuous testing of the pill132
7The power of structures that already exist138
Making the body natural138
The transformative power of sex hormones144
The mixed blessings of sex hormones150
Notes152
Bibliography174
Index189

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