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Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology

In the field of gynaecology, pioneering doctors, such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman have well-documented accomplishments. It is no secret that these nineteenth-century gynaecologists performed experimental operations primarily on poor and powerless women.

Medical Bondage breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied these women, their full humanity, yet valued them as medical super-bodies highly suited for medical experimentation.

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines multitudes of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynaecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black, enslaved women could withstand pain better than white ladies.

Medical Bondage moves between southern plantations and northern urban centres to reveal how nineteenth-century American ideas about race, health, and status influenced doctor-patient relationships in sites of healing like slave cabins, medical colleges, and hospitals. It also retells the story of black enslaved women and Irish immigrant women from the perspective of these exploited groups and thus restores for us a picture of their lives.

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Anyone passionate about the health of women must read Medical Bondage. You require no medical background to envision the catastrophe that befell the nineteenth-century black and Irish immigrant women. They endured a daunting tenure of uncalled-for suffering at the expense that you attain quality care for your gynaecological ailments.
Medical Bondage highlights the implications of being a black woman, as well as, an Irish immigrant woman in the eyes of the ever-curious great physicians like James Marion Sims. No book has gone greater depth in telling the stories of these courageous – yet vulnerable women than Medical Bondage.

Every statement is standalone in its entirety – shedding more light on the inequalities that have befallen the human race since the creation of Adam.

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