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Science of Woman Gynaecology and Gender in England, 1800-1929

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ISBN-10: 052144795X

ISBN-13: 9780521447959

Edition: 1993

Authors: Ornella Moscucci, Colin Jones, Charles Rosenberg

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Is women's destiny rooted in their biology? Since the end of the eighteenth century the science of gynecology has legitimized the view that women are "naturally" fitted for activities in the private sphere of the family. This book argues that the definition of femininity as propounded by gynecological science is a cultural product of a wider, more political context. Providing a unique account of gynecology in practice, it shifts the historical focus from the use to the production of ideas about "women's nature." Dr. Moscucci traces the origins of gynecology to the emergence of a predictable "science of man" in the late eighteenth century and charts the ideological, professional and…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/22/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction
The Problem of Femininity
WomanG++s sexuality and population concerns
WomanG++s place in nature
Nature and the environment
A theory of femininity
Physiology and social roles
Men-Midwives and Medicine The Origins of a Profession
Midwives and accoucheurs
The G++obstetric revolutionG++ and eighteenth-century medical politics
The nineteenth century: obstetrics, gynaecology and general practice
Educated accoucheurs
The Rise of the WomenG++s Hospitals
Hospitals, specialists and nineteenth-century medicine
The first womenG++s hospital
A moral institution
The Chelsea Hospital for Women
Woman and her diseases
The pathology of femininity
Surgical analysis
Penetrating private parts: the G++speculum questionG++
Precept and practice
The G++UnsexingG++ of Women
Early controversies
A question of values
Pathological pregnancies
The triumph of ovariotomy
The Imlach affair
From the British Gynaecological Society to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The G++handcuffed obstetricianG++
The Meadows incident
A British gynaecological society
A college of obstetricians and gynaecologists
Restructuring the profession
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography