For women, medicine came to offer not just treatment in the event of illness but the possibilities of participation in medical practise, of shaping social policies and political understandings, and of altering the biological imperatives of their bodies. The essays in this collection explore various ways in which women responded to these challenges and opportunities and sought to use the power of modernising Western medicine to further their individual and gender interests.
Lawrence CONRAD, Anne HARDY: Preface 1. Ann DALLY: Women and Macho Medicine 2. Anne WITZ: `Colonising Women': Female Medical Practice in Colonial India, 1880-1890 3. Bridie ANDREWS: From Bedpan to Revolution: Qui Jin and Western nursing 4. Mary Ann ELSTON: `Run by Women, (mainly) for Women': Medical Women's Hospitals in Britain, 1866-1948 5. Cornelie USBORNE: Women Doctors and Gender Identity in Weimar Germany, 1819-1933 6. Lesley A. HALL: A Suitable Job for a Woman: Women Doctors and Birth Control to the Inception of the NHS 7. Jennifer STANTON: Listening to the Ga: Cicely Williams' Discovery of Kwashiorkor on the Gold Coast 8. Hilary MARLAND: Smooth, Speedy, Painless, and Still Midwife Delivered? The Dutch Midwife and Childbirth Technology in the Early Twentieth Century 9. E.M. TANSEY: Ergot to Ergometrine: An Obstetric Renaissance? 10. Lara MARKS: `Andromeda Freed from her Chains': Attitudes Towards Women and the Oral Contraceptive Pill, 1950-1970 11. Naomi PFEFFER: Pioneers of Infertility Treatment 12. Cassandra LORIUS: An Anatomy of Desire: Gender and Difference in Sex Therapy Index