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dc.contributor.authorDavis, Gayle
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-07T13:01:28Z
dc.date.available2021-06-07T13:01:28Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/49429
dc.description.abstractThis chapter will explore how the infertile patient was characterized, perceived, and treated by the medical profession in 1950s England and Scotland. Such was the concern that this subject engendered in postwar Britain that a Departmental Committee was appointed in 1958 (known as the Feversham Committee) to investigate infertility and its treatment through artificial insemination. The written and oral evidence submitted by medical witnesses to that Committee offers rich insights into medical thinking and practice, and into the complex sociomedical politics and ethical anxieties which surrounded the topic. The testimony of legal and religious witnesses will also be explored to a more limited extent in order to offer some context to medical understandings and treatments of infertility. It will be considered how women’s bodies, personalities, and even agency in proactively seeking motherhood through artificial insemination were heavily pathologized in medical and religious discourses, but also how the men involved – husbands, sperm donors and even doctors – did not escape this tendency to pathologize.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::M Medicine::MF Pre-clinical medicine: basic sciences::MFK Human reproduction, growth & development::MFKC Reproductive medicine::MFKC1 Infertility & fertilizationen_US
dc.subject.otherArtificial insemination, Doctors, Infertility, Pathologization, Religionen_US
dc.titleChapter 19 ‘A Tragedy as Old as History’en_US
dc.title.alternativeMedical Responses to Infertility and Artificial Insemination by Donor in 1950s Britainen_US
dc.typechapter
oapen.identifier.doi10.1057/978-1-137-52080-7_19en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy6c6992af-b843-4f46-859c-f6e9998e40d5en_US
oapen.relation.isPartOfBooka6fa0162-6d4c-400e-a8da-d07d2a366483en_US
oapen.relation.isFundedByd859fbd3-d884-4090-a0ec-baf821c9abfden_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781137520791en_US
oapen.collectionWellcomeen_US
oapen.pages24en_US
oapen.place.publicationLondonen_US


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