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Birth rights: new approaches to safe motherhood

Outlines the causes of high maternal mortality rates in areas of the world and suggests political and socioeconomic causes.

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Published: 2001
Health technologies and the life course of women
Women's health issues have in recent years become the focus for an unprecedented degree of sophisticated technologic incursion. While much of rapid technologic advances, confined as it largely is to the richest societies of the globe, has perhaps enabled women to hold their place in the workforce, it has also taken the natural biological processes from the quiet path of individual lives and put them into the hands of expert management. Women's health is now similar to other consumer goods, available for purchase alongside the many commodities of the modern urban lifestyle. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Gender perspectives on health and medicine: key themes
Offers a critique of exclusively biomedical approaches to personal and public health. Also looks at the medicalization of personal and social problems, the commodification of health care, and questions of agency, responsibility and control.
Published: 2003
The fight against disease mongering: generating knowledge for action
Argues that disease mongering turns healthy people into patients, wastes precious resources, and causes iatrogenic harm. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Female sexual dysfunction: a case study of disease mongering and activist resistance
Examines sexual attitudes in the 20th century crucial in setting the scene for the creation of female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Highlights steps in the history of FSD and of the campaign to challenge its reductionist approach to women's sexual problems. (See Details)
Published: 2006
The latest mania: selling bipolar disorder
Examines the growth of awareness of mood stabilization and of bipolar disorders, as well as the sensationalistic attitudes towards both. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Giving legs to restless legs: a case study of how the media helps make people sick
Demonstrates that news coverage of restless legs syndrome exaggerates the prevalence of disease and the need for treatment, and fails to consider the problems of overdiagnosis. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Perimenopause: an invented "disease"
Examines the medicalization of regularly occuring symptoms during the years prior to menopause, the so-called "perimenopause." (See Details)
Published: 2003
Another look at menstrual suppression
Argues against eliminating monthly menstruation artificially by ingesting synthetic hormones. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Menopause home test: save your $$$
Criticizes the usefulness of the Menopause Home Test, a newly marketed product aimed at midlife women to monitor their hormonal status. (See Details)
Published: 2003