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

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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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 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. She notes the success of women in entering medicine and describes the ways in which they have challenged medical authority and practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Women Take the Field
24
The Power of Gynaecology
42
Women in Surgery
69
The Physician Specialties
99
Anaesthesia and Psychiatry
128
The Subalterns of General Practice
156
DoctorNurse Relations
184
Doctors and the Womens Health Movement
202
Conclusion
220
References
223
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