Medicalization

Medicalization

In praise of midwifery

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English
Owning Org: 
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Christina Starr
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Vol 12, No.1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1991
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article explores the history of choices in childbirth. Shares one woman's home birth experience. 

Nurturing mothers

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Sheila Kitzinger
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Vol 4, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1983
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses the culture of childbearing. Explores how medicalization has becomes the ritual of birth in North America. Explores how women are reclaiming their bodies in birth. 

 

Menopause in Japan means konenki

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Margaret Lock
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Vol 11, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1990
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article explores the different experiences and understandings of menopause for women in Japan as compared to women in North America. Acknowledges the power of language in shaping our experiences. 

Side effects: a dramatic prescription

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
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Women's Health Interaction
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Vol 7, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1986
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article introduces the community theatre production of Side Effects, seen by nearly 10,000 women across Canada, a play about women’s experiences in the health care system.  Illustrates the valuable role this production played.  Major portions of this article are based on the Side Effects Final Report, written and compiled by Barbara Lysnes of The Great Canadian Theatre Company, and on quotes from personal feedback from audience and direct quotes from the Side Effects script.  

Losing control: the story of hospital work

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Joan Newman Kuyek
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vol 3, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1982
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article illustrates, through a historical overview, how our concerns as patients are inseparably linked with the structure of hospital work and the well being of workers. Proposes a united and creative front in the battle to end the dehumanization of patients and workers. 

Birthing options

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Madeline Boscoe
Kathleen McDonnell
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Vol. 1, N. 1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1979
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses the continued struggle of the medicalization of birth for families, questions promising alternative birthing options and whether they have the capacity to bring about concrete change and questions the accessibility of these new birthing options; suggests systemic shifts are still needed.

Sex, lies & pharmaceuticals: how drug companies plan to profit from “female sexual dysfunction” (webinar)

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Publisher: 
Canadian Women’s Health Network, 2010
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Drug assessment specialist Dr. Barbara Mintzes looks at the ways women’s sexual difficulties are being repackaged as symptoms of a disorder called “female sexual dysfunction” in order to feed a marketing machine that promises to “cure” it. Dr. Mintzes and Ray Moynihan co-authored the book, Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals.

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Legal drug-pushing: how disease mongers keep us all doped up

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English
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Online
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John-Manuel Andriote
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The Atlantic
Publication Date: 
April 2, 2012

Argues that pharmaceutical companies increase consumer demand for more screening and medications by manipulating our fear of suffering and death. 

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Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t

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English
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Online
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Choosing Wisely
Publication Date: 
2012

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Choosing Wisely

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Advocacy
Community education/development

An American campaign by Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care to encourage physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and that in some instances can cause harm.

Country: 
USA
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