The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority And Women'S Worlds Of Pain

The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority And Women'S Worlds Of Pain

by Kristin Barker
     
 

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More than six million Americans-most of them women-have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a disorder that produces musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue. In the absence of visible evidence, a well-understood cause, or effective treatment, many have questioned whether FMS is a "real" illness. Amidst the controversy, millions of women live with their very

Overview

More than six million Americans-most of them women-have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a disorder that produces musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue. In the absence of visible evidence, a well-understood cause, or effective treatment, many have questioned whether FMS is a "real" illness. Amidst the controversy, millions of women live with their very real symptoms.

Rather than taking sides in the heated debate, Kristin Barker explains how FMS represents an awkward union between the practices of modern medicine and the complexity of women's pain. Using interviews with sufferers, Barker focuses on how the idea of FMS gives meaning and order to women beset by troubling symptoms, self-doubt, and public skepticism.

This book offers a fresh look at a controversial diagnosis; Barker avoids overly simplistic explanations and empathizes with sufferers without losing sight of the social construction of disease and its relation to modern medical practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439904596
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
758 KB

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Meet the Author

Kristin K. Barker is Associate Professor of Sociology at Oregon State University.

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