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Time, magic, and gynecology: contemporary Israeli practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11639656     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes the way in which a simple device, the pregnancy wheel, has been used by the medical profession to impose a new way of measuring and experiencing pregnancy. The change involves counting in weeks instead of counting in months and it is gradually replacing a commonsensical method that had deep physiological and cultural roots. In contrast, the medical methodology of counting forty weeks is more complicated and lacks direct connections to the events of pregnancy. In the encounter between the doctor and the pregnant woman the pregnancy wheel has a variety of uses, among them determinations of the age and estimated size of the fetus. It plays an additiional role, however, in the medicalization of pregnancy by providing the doctor with privileged information. It also influences modes of thinking through the way in which it deals with the question of the beginning of pregnancy, a question that has clear moral implications.
M Jacoby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science in context     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0269-8897     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci Context     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-06-12     Completed Date:  1995-06-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904113     Medline TA:  Sci Context     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-48     Citation Subset:  Q    
School of Public Health, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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MeSH Terms
History, 20th Century
Pregnancy Tests / history*

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