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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.
|1||The diagnostic making of fibromyalgia syndrome||15|
|2||The woman problem and the feminization of fibromyalgia syndrome||44|
|3||Similar-but-different : the fibromyalgia syndrome illness experience||64|
|4||The symptomatic self and the life world||73|
|5||In search of meaning||90|
|7||Self-help and the making of a fibromyalgia syndrome illness identity||138|
|8||Ties that bind and the problem that had no name||166|
|App. A||The fibromyalgia syndrome biomedical literature|