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  1. Contesting Intersex
    Watch Georgiann Davis in National Geographic's Gender Revolution documentary with Katie Couric   A personal, compelling perspective on how medical diagnoses can profoundly hurt, or help, the lived experiences of entire communities   Winner,... Learn More
    Published: 11th September 2015
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  2. Heart-Sick
    Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, affects people from all walks of life, yet who lives and who dies from heart disease still depends on race, class, and gender. While scientists and clinicians understand... Learn More
    Published: 21st March 2014
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  3. Is Breast Best?
    Since the invention of dextri-maltose and the subsequent rise of Similac in the early twentieth century, parents with access to clean drinking water have had a safe alternative to breast-milk. Use of formula spiked between the... Learn More
    Published: 19th December 2010
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  4. Biopolitics
    The biological features of human beings are now measured, observed, and understood in ways never before thought possible, defining norms, establishing standards, and determining average values of human life. While the notion of... Learn More
    Published: 15th February 2011
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  5. Contraceptive Risk
    The sordid history of Depo-Provera and the complex working relationship between the FDA, U. S. government, and big pharma.   Depo-Provera is known as an injectable hormonal birth control method, but few are familiar with... Learn More
    Published: 2nd May 2017
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  6. Are Racists Crazy?
    The connection and science behind race, racism, and mental illnessIn 2012, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Oxford reported that - based on their clinical experiment - the beta-blocker... Learn More
    Published: 20th December 2016
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  7. Mattering
    Feminists today are re-imagining nature, biology, and matter in feminist thought and critically addressing new developments in biology, physics, neuroscience, epigenetics and other scientific disciplines. Mattering, edited by... Learn More
    Published: 30th August 2016
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  8. To Fix or To Heal
    Do doctors fix patients? Or do they heal them? For all of modern medicine’s many successes, discontent with the quality of patient care has combined with a host of new developments, from aging populations to the resurgence of... Learn More
    Published: 26th February 2016
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  9. Men at Risk
    Although the first AIDS cases were attributed to men having sex with men, over 70% of HIV infections worldwide are now estimated to occur through sex between women and men. In Men at Risk, Shari L. Dworkin argues that the centrality... Learn More
    Published: 4th December 2015
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  10. Plucked
    From the clamshell razors and homemade lye depilatories used in colonial America to the diode lasers and prescription pharmaceuticals available today, Americans have used a staggering array of tools to remove hair deemed unsightly,... Learn More
    Published: 16th January 2015
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  11. Phantom Limb
    Phantom limb pain is one of the most intractable and merciless pains ever known—a pain that haunts appendages that do not physically exist, often persisting with uncanny realness long after fleshy limbs have been traumatically,... Learn More
    Published: 20th January 2014
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  12. Eating Drugs
    A Hindu monk in Calcutta refuses to take his psychotropic medications. His psychiatrist explains that just as his body needs food, the drugs are nutrition for his starved mind. Does it matter how—or whether—patients understand... Learn More
    Published: 29th November 2013
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  13. Cloning Wild Life
    The natural world is marked by an ever-increasing loss of varied habitats, a growing number of species extinctions, and a full range of new kinds of dilemmas posed by global warming. At the same time, humans are also working to... Learn More
    Published: 2nd September 2013
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  14. The Material Gene
    Winner of the 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award Finalist for the 2014 National Communications Association Critical and Cultural Studies Division Book of the Year Award In 2000, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced... Learn More
    Published: 6th May 2013
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  15. Against Health
    You see someone smoking a cigarette and say,“Smoking is bad for your health,” when what you mean is, “You are a bad person because you smoke.” You encounter someone whose body size you deem excessive, and say, “Obesity... Learn More
    Published: 23rd November 2010
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  16. Missing Bodies
    We know more about the physical body—how it begins, how it responds to illness, even how it decomposes—than ever before. Yet not all bodies are created equal, some bodies clearly count more than others, and some bodies are... Learn More
    Published: 1st July 2009
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