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Some practices are technologically and empirically based. Others are enshrined
in the mystique of hospital practice. These are linked with social expectations and
medical assumptions about what a patient is and how she should behave, and ...
'patient' itself derives from 'passivity'; the patient is someone to whom something
is done. As I observed interaction in a labour ward in a British maternity hospital I
noticed that midwives were most satisfied with the management of a case when ...
On the other hand the doctor's anxiety may be expressed in verbal attack on the
patient who questions his judgment with threats that unless she relies on him she
is endangering her baby's life : 'You don't want to harm your baby, do you?
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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