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In this timely and perceptive volume, Judith Lorber considers the interface between gender as a social institution on the one hand, and western medicine as a social institution on the other. Focusing on belief that illnesses are considered to be physical, Judith Lorber brings a feminist viewpoint to analyze issues of power and politics which have pervaded the study of both gender and medicine in recent times.
"...explores the interaction between gender and western medicine, offering a feminist perspective to the issues brought into view...discussess old age, social pressures, and gender politics."
Gender and the Social Construction of Illness
Women Get Sicker but Men Die Quicker
The Doctor Knows Best
Gender and the Medical Encounter
If a Situation is Defined as Real
Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause
A Modern Plague
Gender and AIDS
Treating Social Bodies in Social Worlds
Feminist Health Care