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Author Cooper Owens, Deirdre Benia, 1972- author

Title Medical bondage : race, gender, and the origins of American gynecology / Deirdre Cooper Owens
Published Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 165 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction. American gynecology and black lives -- The birth of American gynecology -- Black women's experiences in slavery and medicine -- Contested relations: slavery, sex, and medicine -- Irish immigrant women and American gynecology -- Historical black superbodies and the medical gaze -- Afterword
Summary Medical Bondage explores how, in the nineteenth century, experimental surgeries on enslaved and laboring women enabled the rise of American gynecology as a medical specialty, and shaped our understanding of race. Merging women's, medical, and social history, the book makes Black and Irish women's lives--not just their bodies--part of an origins story of American medicine (one that has largely been told with an exclusive focus on white male historical actors)
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Subject Gynecology -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Human experimentation in medicine -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Irish American women -- Medical care -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women slaves -- Medical care -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0820351342 (electronic bk.)
0820351350 (electronic bk.)
9780820351346 (electronic bk.)
9780820351353 (electronic bk.)