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Literature, medicine, and misogyny: a collection of narratives

Albanowski, Maya (2022) Literature, medicine, and misogyny: a collection of narratives. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Emerging from previous research through the Medical Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the purpose of this project is to examine the healthcare experiences of contemporary women to discern how the themes visible throughout medical history regarding gendered experiences with healthcare are still evident, have changed, or are less prominent. Over the course of two-thousand years of medical practice, beginning with the ancient origin of Hippocratic medicine to contemporary medical science, many themes regarding the treatment of women have been prevalent. These themes include the dismissal of women’s suffering under the guise of raging hormones or dramatism, a misunderstanding of women’s anatomy and its medical implications, and fear of women’s sexuality. The biases grounding these themes are perpetuated through the analysis of scientific evidence and in interpersonal interactions between women and their providers. The word ‘woman’ as used here is defined as any individual who identifies as a woman.
As previous research into these themes was performed through the lens of English literature and narrative, this project will be firmly grounded in the narratives of individual women regarding their experiences with healthcare in the United States, as well as the collective narratives of medical history.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Albanowski, Mayamla58@pitt.edumla58
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorSatyavolu Rau,
Committee MemberAziz,
Committee MemberUng,
Committee MemberParker,
Committee MemberLuce,
Date: 25 April 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 April 2022
Approval Date: 25 April 2022
Submission Date: 21 April 2022
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 69
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: BPhil, Misogyny, medicine
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 23:03
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 05:15


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