Sex and Medicine: Gender, Power and Authority in the Medical Profession

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Overview

Professional medicine has often been seen as a field that discriminates against women as doctors and patients. Yet women are entering medicine in increasing numbers. This book explores the position of women in the medical profession in Australia and the UK, asking the key question: do women doctors make a difference? Based on an extensive survey of general practitioners and specialists, the book evokes the culture of contemporary medicine by describing the experiences of doctors themselves, often in their own words. She notes the success of women in entering medicine and describes the ways in which they have challenged medical authority and practice.
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'This admirable study is informed by a theoretical underpinning, but its real strength lies in its fresh research, its feel for the pulse of the present, its crisp prose, and Pringle's bold refusal to bow to the old clichés. Sex and Medicine is essential reading for anyone concerned with where the medical profession is going'. The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… important and valuable contribution to our understanding of the ways in which a gendered health care division of labour has developed.' Medical History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521578127
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Women Take the Field 24
3 The Power of Gynaecology 42
4 As a Fish out of Water: Women in Surgery 69
5 Inside Medicine: The Physician Specialties 97
6 The Medical Unconscious: Anaesthesia and Psychiatry 128
7 The Subalterns of General Practice 156
8 Nursing a Grievance: Doctor-Nurse Relations 184
9 Doctors and the Women's Health Movement 202
10 Conclusion 220
References 223
Index 237
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