Beyond the Natural Body: An Archaeology of Sex Hormones

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

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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
1 Introduction 1
Under the spell of the body 1
Sex and the body 6
The making of the hormonal body 9
2 The birth of sex hormones 15
How the concept of sex hormones originated 16
The emergence of sex endocrinology 20
Sex hormones as dualistic agents of sex 22
Sex-specific origin 24
Source and identity of "heterosexual hormones" 27
The function of hormones 31
Terminology and classification 34
On masculine women and feminine men 37
3 The measuring of sex hormones 42
Tests for female sex hormones 43
Tests for male sex hormones 49
Disciplinary styles and instrumental incentives 50
The impact of laboratory tests on medical practice 53
Redefining masculinity and femininity 59
4 The making of sex hormones 65
Gaining access to research materials 66
Dutch sex endocrinology 68
Networks between laboratory scientists and pharmaceutical companies 71
The quest for ovaries and female urine 73
The quest for testes and male urine 76
Research materials as carriers of knowledge claims 79
5 The marketing of sex hormones
Organon: a science-based company 83
The promotion of female sex hormones 87
The promotion of male sex hormones 98
Cracks in the scientific and therapeutic program 105
6 The transformation of sex hormones into the pill 112
Birth control: from taboo to technology 113
Testing in disguise 118
An island laboratory 125
Representing women as menstrual cycles 128
The continuous testing of the pill 132
7 The power of structures that already exist 138
Making the body natural 138
The transformative power of sex hormones 144
The mixed blessings of sex hormones 150
Notes 152
Bibliography 174
Index 189
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