Medicine and the Family: A Feminist Perspective

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Basic Books, Sep 21, 1999 - Medical - 388 pages
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For centuries, traditional medicine has been infused with a masculine bias, often to the disadvantage of both doctors and patients. This book challenges prevailing views and offers a family-oriented feminist approach to the practice of medicine. Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a family doctor, the author dissects the assumptions underlying current teachings about child and adult development, sexual abuse, the family life cycle, and family systems. She exposes the ways in which women are often ignored, subordinated, or blamed in the modern medical system. For example, she notes that women are often held solely responsible for all problems in their families, including child abuse and battering.
  

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Contents

Infant and Child Development
3
Womens Adult Development
18
The Family Life Cycle
37
Violence against Women
56
Incest and Sexual Abuse
81
The DoctorPatient
119
Ways of Knowing in Medicine
146
DoctorsinRelation
181
CaringinRelation
206
PowerinRelation
240
Notes
275
Bibliography
307
Index
351
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