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Women's Bodies and the Medical Profession

Through medical college and later, the author, a gynaecologist and obstetrician, found that the human body is essentialised and reduced to the anatomy and physiological processes leading in an extreme form to insensitivity and violence towards women in labour. This can also legitimise unethical practices like unnecessary caesareans and hysterectomies. Special investments need to be made in education and training of medical students to change this view that affects women's lives in adverse ways. Also, while women mostly find the knowledge of their bodies empowering and liberating, it is ultimately tampered by conditioned patriarchal notions.

REVIEW OF WOMEN S STUDIES

Women’s Bodies and the Medical Profession

B Subha Sri

Through medical college and later, the author, a gynaecologist and obstetrician, found that the human body is essentialised and reduced to the anatomy and physiological processes leading in an extreme form to insensitivity and violence towards women in labour. This can also legitimise unethical practices like unnecessary caesareans and hysterectomies. Special investments need to be made in education and training of medical students to change this view that affects women’s lives in adverse ways. Also, while women mostly find the knowledge of their bodies empowering and liberating, it is ultimately tampered by conditioned patriarchal notions.

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