Prescribed Norms: Women and Health in Canada and the United States Since 1800

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 316 pages

In her meticulously researched history, Cheryl Krasnick Warsh challenges readers to rethink the norms of women's health and treatment in Canada and the United States since 1800. Prescribed Norms details a disturbing socio-medical history that limits and discounts women's own knowledge of their bodies and their health.

By comparing ritual practices of various cultures, Prescribed Norms demonstrates how looking at women's health through a masculine lens has distorted current medical understandings of menstruation, menopause, and childbirth, and has often led to faulty medical conclusions. Warsh also illuminates how the shift from informal to more formal, institutionalized treatment impacts both women's health care and women's roles as health practitioners.

Always accessible and occasionally irreverent, Warsh's narrative provides readers with multiple foundations for reconsidering women's health and women's health care.

 

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Contents

rituals
1
Gladys Take Your Medicine The Culture
47
technologies
77
Modern Childbirth Mothers and Doctors
117
Future Childbirth Doctors and Babies
153
professions
173
NursingThe Science of Womanly Arts
223
The Case for Chaos
271
Index
305
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About the author (2010)

Cheryl Krasnick Warsh is Professor of History at Vancouver Island University and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la medecine .

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