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By Eugenia Georges

Recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the simplest undertaking within the region of medicine.The writer, a second-generation Greek American, back to Greece along with her younger daughter to do fieldwork over the process a decade. concentrating on Rhodes, an island that blends continuity with the previous and speedy social switch in usually unforeseen methods, she interviewed over a hundred ladies, medical professionals, and midwives approximately problems with reproduction.The result's an in depth portrait of ways a longstanding method of "local" gynecological and obstetrical wisdom less than the keep watch over of girls was once swiftly displaced within the the interval following global conflict II, and the way the technologically-intensive biomedical version that took its position in flip assumed its personal unique signature.Bodies of information is a bright ethnographic examine of the way a most likely globalizing and homogenizing technique like medicalization may be reshaped as girls and medical examiners alike selectively settle for or reject new practices and applied sciences. Georges came upon, for instance, that ladies in Rhodes have enthusiastically embraced a few new applied sciences, like fetal imaging while pregnant, yet rejected others, like clinical birth control. also they are avid shoppers of well known childbirth manuals.This ebook is the recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the simplest undertaking within the sector of medication.

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Cross-cultural trade, religious organizations, and knowledge networks have long suspended the island in a cat’s cradle of intersecting ties that extended far beyond its insular borders. Above all, its strategic location ensured that Rhodes was a complex site where people of various ethnicities and religions commingled, their networks, allegiances, and identities often blurring the borders of empire and nation. The ethnogynecology and ethno-obstetrics I describe in the next two chapters are a case in point.

This chapter also strives to situate this local body of medical knowledge within the broader history of Old World medicine by tracing its many intriguing parallels with the Galeno-Hippocratic model that dominated learned medicine in the Byzantine Empire and, later on, Arab and Islamicate medical scholarship, as well as that of the Latin West. In Chapter 4, I go on to describe the ethno-obstetrical knowledge and practices that the oldest women and their midwives relied on to protect their pregnancies, successfully birth their babies, and manage the many dangers inherent in the postpartum period.

In particular, I am concerned to examine how, within the uneven symbolic and political context of belated modernity, they work to assist actors in constituting the modern gendered identities they desire to ascribe to themselves (D. Miller 1987, 215). 18 Bodies of Knowledge Studying Reproduction on Rhodes: An Evolving Project Most of the research for this book was conducted in Rhodes Town, a small city of some fifty thousand inhabitants that I describe in detail in the following chapter. Rhodes Town is the capital as well as the regional medical center of the Dodecanese province, the string of islands that marks Greece’s easternmost boundary in the southern Aegean Sea.

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