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Feeling MedicineHow the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training$
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Kelly Underman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479897780

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479897780.001.0001

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The Pelvic Exam and the Politics of Care

The Pelvic Exam and the Politics of Care

(p.25) 1 The Pelvic Exam and the Politics of Care
Feeling Medicine

Kelly Underman

NYU Press

This chapter examines how teaching and learning the pelvic in United States medical education have been transformed by feminist practices of care, even as these same practices have been coopted in order to serve the interests of physicians and medical educators. It focuses especially on the disruptive potential of affect and how they are managed by new strategies of governance in medical education. The chapter is also informed by by ways in which, in the 1960s and 1970s, the Women’s Health Movement, medical education research, and transformations in biomedicine altered one another’s trajectories and changed how the pelvic exam is taught to medical students and, thus, the pelvic exam itself.

Keywords:   Pelvic exam, Gynecology, Medical education, Biopolitics, Women’s Health Movement, Simulation

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