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

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  • Date Published: July 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521570930

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  • 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 1998 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. Pringle employs a distinctive theoretical approach, but writes accessibly and with insight about a profession that is slowly being transformed. She notes the success of women in entering medicine and describes the ways in which they have challenged medical authority and practice. This is an original and important work that contains new visions for medical practice.

    • Shows how women doctors are not merely victims of medical power but are active agents of change
    • Combines analysis of practical issues with new visions of medical practice
    • A historical and sociological account of women in medicine
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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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    • Date Published: July 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521570930
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Women take the field
    3. The power of gynaecology
    4. As a fish out of water: women in surgery
    5. Inside medicine: the physician specialties
    6. The unconscious of medicine: anaesthesia and psychiatry
    7. The subalterns of general practice
    8. Nursing a grievance: doctor-nurse relations
    9. Doctors and the women's health movement
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Rosemary Pringle, Griffith University, Queensland

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