Healers and Patients Talk: Narratives of a Chronic Gynecological Disease

Healers and Patients Talk: Narratives of a Chronic Gynecological Disease

by Veronique A. S. Griffith


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Endometriosis is not a common word. Some people associate it with difficult patients, pain during sex, and infertility. Others link it to stigma, grief, and not being believed by their doctors. In Healers and Patients Talk, Véronique A. S. Griffith provides insight into interactions between patients and health professionals in the clinical setting. Griffith examines the varied and contested enactments of endometriosis, the multiple ways in which people understand and use the term endometriosis, and the complex pathways to the diagnosis. Endometriosis is a label historically bestowed on white, heterosexual, cisgendered career women. Griffith offers ideas as to how such exclusionary practices developed over time.

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ISBN-13: 9781793601872
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/04/2019
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Véronique Griffith, MD, PhD, is research fellow at the Usher Institute in the Edinburgh School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Aknowledgments List of Figures List of Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: Theorizing Endometriosis Chapter 2: Historical Notions of Menstruation and the Diagnostic Category of Endometriosis Chapter 3: The Search for a Unitary Endometriosis Label Chapter 4: Enacting Endometriosis in the Gynecology Clinic Chapter 5: Disciplinary Power in the Gynecology Clinic Chapter 6: Stigma, Gender, and Endometriosis Chapter 7: Adapting to the Failed Body Chapter 8: Endometriosis and Advocacy Conclusion Bibliography Index About the Author

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