Healers and Patients Talk: Narratives of a Chronic Gynecological Disease

Healers and Patients Talk: Narratives of a Chronic Gynecological Disease

by Véronique 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: 9781793601889
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 1 MB

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.

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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




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