MISSED EDUCATION BOOK CLUB: READING MEDICAL BONDAGE BY DEIRDRE COOPER OWENS

Missed Education Book Club: Reading Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Our Missed Education book club is all about sifting through the fragments of history deemed worthy to be taught in required history classes & rediscovering a history that was missed (intentionally) & skewed, but was always there, the history of the systemically marginalized.
We read one book each month and meet monthly at Palabras to discuss it.

Because of the current issues facing women's rights we decided that this month and next month will be part of a two part book series that focuses on the US History of the treatment and control of womxn's body's and how women of color, specifically,  have fought back. 

This month we are reading, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by medical historian, Deirdre Cooper Owens

"In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black enslaved women could withstand pain better than white "ladies." Even as they were advancing medicine, these doctors were legitimizing, for decades to come, groundless theories related to whiteness and blackness, men and women, and the inferiority of other races or nationalities."

"Medical Bondage moves between southern plantations and northern urban centers 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 of Irish immigrant women from the perspective of these exploited groups and thus restores for us a picture of their lives."

Trigger Warning: As important and informative as this book is, it also difficult to read due to the appalling and abusive history being discussed and may be triggering, so please consider this before reading.

Email info@palabrasbookstore.com to signup.

Book available in store and online at Palabrasbookstore.com 

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event address: 
906 W Roosevelt st.
Unit 2
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780820354750
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Published: University of Georgia Press - July 15th, 2018