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Birth rights: new approaches to safe motherhood  
http://www.ired.org/modules/infodoc/cache/files/pdf/anglais/doc_e327.pdf

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
Perimenopause: an invented "disease"  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/kickers/perimenopause.html
Examines the medicalization of regularly occuring symptoms during the years prior to menopause, the so-called "perimenopause." (See Details)
Published: 2003
Menopause home test: save your $$$  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/afi/meno-kit.html
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
No life without pills?: the medicalisation of daily life
Examines problems of pharmaceuticals and their overuse in Germany, defined as the problem of medicalisation. Compares and contrasts effects in some Third World southern countries. Encourages consumer awareness and skepticism.
Published: 2002
Women's cycles up for sale: neo-medicalization and women's reproductive health  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39520
Examines the medicalization of women's reproductive functions, including treating normal health cycles as problems or illnesses. (See Details)
Published: 2004
A new view of women's sexual problems: a teaching manual
Challenges the medicalization of women's sexual problems. Provides a manual of activities for workshops and classes to facilitate a broader understanding of sexuality and of how medicalization is changing both our sexual experiences and our ideas about sex.
Published: 2003
Health technologies and the life course of women  
http://journals.cambridge.org/bin/bladerunner?REQUNIQ=1101396508&REQSESS=3880224&117000REQEVENT=&REQINT1=227018&REQAUTH=0
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  
http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0030191
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  
http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0030178
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