Women, Health, and Medicine

Hilary Marland

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199546497
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191744006 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Women, Health, and Medicine

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Research into women's engagement with medicine as sufferers, patients, and active agents in promoting care and services concentrate most insistently upon the various branches of medicine. The agency of medical practitioners in shaping treatment and creating or restricting options for care and women's interactions with psychiatry has attracted considerable attention. Interactions and agency constitute the core theme of this article. The article also considers specialization and sites of practice focusing on the feminist writings of the 1970s through to more reflective revisionist forms of analysis. This article draws examples chiefly from those contexts responsible for delivering the bulk of historical writing in this field though the interaction of women and medicine in colonial contexts has also been a remarkably productive field of scholarship in recent years.

Keywords: medicine; women; interactions; agency; health

Article.  9342 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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