The Stork and the Syringe: Political History of Reproductive Medicine / Edition 1

The Stork and the Syringe: Political History of Reproductive Medicine / Edition 1

by Naomi Pfeffer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745611877

ISBN-13: 9780745611877

Pub. Date: 12/16/1993

Publisher: Wiley

Reproductive technology is typically discussed in the future tense. Yet doctors have always treated involuntary childlessness. This book looks at the recent history of infertility and the different ways medicine has treated it. It traces the reluctance to allow infertility a past to a new tension that has emerged between utopian and anti-utopian fears about the

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Overview

Reproductive technology is typically discussed in the future tense. Yet doctors have always treated involuntary childlessness. This book looks at the recent history of infertility and the different ways medicine has treated it. It traces the reluctance to allow infertility a past to a new tension that has emerged between utopian and anti-utopian fears about the growth rate and composition of population.

The Stork and the Syringe argues that although doctors' approach to infertility is formed in response to the exigencies of the political economy of medical practice, it also accommodates a persistent gender bias: the tendency to regard women's bodies as inviting intervention and men's as demanding caution. This bias is manifest in relation to gametes (eggs and sperm), sex hormones, in the form of medical investigations and treatment, and the frequency and enthusiasm with which the latter are carried out. Departures from this theme are rare and controversial, as the history of artificial insemination using donor semen demonstrates.

This book is a major contribution to the history and sociology of reproduction, fertility, population and medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745611877
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/16/1993
Series:
Feminist Perspectives Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Talking about Infertility.

2. Norms and Deviations.

3. Images of Sterility.

4. Politics, Health and Sterility.

5. A Crutch in the Crotch.

6. Bank Accounts and Babies.

Notes.

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