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Contraception, Colonialism & Commerce: Birth Control in South India 1920-1940

Book

2008

Contraception, Colonialism & Commerce: Birth Control in South India 1920-1940

Sarah Hodges

This book narrates, through extensive research, the way in which Brahmin 'reformers' in South India used the invention of contraception to defend child marriage, and attempt social engineering based on caste and class. This was in stark contrast to the more emancipated understanding of women's relationship to contraception in the Self-respect movement of the time.

Available to read in

English

Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Medical Textbook

2006

Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

NG Rao

Forensic Medicine is taught in the second year of MBBS degree. This textbook by Nagesh Kumar Rao is used as the default textbook for this subject. Over 40 chapters, it aims to cover the recent developments in the field of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, as well as covering topics on clinical forensic medicine and medical jurisprudence.

Available to read in

English

Sushruta Samhita (English Translation)

Book

1915

Sushruta Samhita (English Translation)

Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna

This book provides evidence of early Ayurvedic conceptions of the female body. Specifically interesting are the explanations and guidance for menstruation, procreation and sexual intercourse.

Available to read in

English

The Egg and the Sperm and Rape Culture: How Science has constructed a fairy tale based on stereotypical male female roles

Article

1991

The Egg and the Sperm and Rape Culture: How Science has constructed a fairy tale based on stereotypical male female roles

Emily Martin

Funny, wise, birlliant, this article cites textbooks from across the world to show us how language, at such a fundamental level, reinforces ridiculous gender stereotypes, and affects the most basic understandings that we have about human beings and human bodies.

Available to read in

English

The Politics of Gender & Medicine in Colonial India: The Countess of Dufferin's Fund 1885-1888

Article

1994

The Politics of Gender & Medicine in Colonial India: The Countess of Dufferin's Fund 1885-1888

Maneesha Lal

This article explains how women in Britain were able to push their way into the medical system through an orientalist argument that Indian women needed female physicians to attend to them. Fascinating nuances of how gender, colonialsm and race politics intersect within medicine.

Available to read in

English

DC Dutta's Textbook of Obstetrics

Book

2015

DC Dutta's Textbook of Obstetrics

DC Dutta, Hiralal Konar

‘DC Dutta’s Textbook for Obstetrics’ presents a comprehensive study of obstetrics with proper theoretical elaboration along with well-defined pictorial illustration in full colour. It is divided into 42 chapters, including screening and diagnosis, prenatal genetic counselling, MR images, Doppler studies, data graphs, microphotographs and laparoscopic images among others.

Available to read in

English

Gender perspectives in medical education

Article

2018

Gender perspectives in medical education

Riti Sanghvi

This article analyses the current level of gender sensitivity in the textbooks being used for undergraduate medical training,

Available to read in

English

The Abortion Curriculum Toolkit: A Medical Students Guide to Safe Abortion Advocacy

Document

2021

The Abortion Curriculum Toolkit: A Medical Students Guide to Safe Abortion Advocacy

ISAY Advocates for Safe Abortion in India

Beautifully designed and explained in simple language, a quick primer for medical students and professionals on how to provide safe abortions, advocate for abortion rights and understand the nuances of this issue in the Indian and Asian context.

Available to read in

English

The Evolution of Maternal Birthing Positions

Article

1987

The Evolution of Maternal Birthing Positions

Lauren Dundes

This article explains how the most commonly used position for childbirth actually leads to more pain, more injury and more dangers for both birther and baby. It also documents the history of this position, as well as its misogynist origins that have nothing to do with science at all.

Available to read in

English

The Vagina Bible

Book

2019

The Vagina Bible

Dr. Jennifer Gunter

OB-GYN Jen Gunter, has a no-nonsense writing style and uses her social emdia presence to myth-bust modern trends around health and wellness. The book works primarily to debunk myths and give vulva-owners accurate, straightforward, helpful understandings of their own bodies.

Available to read in

English

Diagnosing Difficult Women & Pathologising Femininity: Gender Bias in Psychiatric Nosology

Article

2013

Diagnosing Difficult Women & Pathologising Femininity: Gender Bias in Psychiatric Nosology

Jane Ussher

From hysteria to pre-menstrual dysphoric disordar and now borderline personality disorder, a really thought-provoking article on how misogyny infects psychiatry and the study of the mind.

Available to read in

English

Medical Abortion Factsheet

Document

2020

Medical Abortion Factsheet

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

Gives an overview of medical abortion – common procedures, risks involved, side effects and other practical information.

Available to read in

English, Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic

The Clitoral Truth

Book

2000

The Clitoral Truth

Rebecca Chalker

Chalker is a sexologist and explores vividly and in a really fun way the gaps in our understanding of the female orgasm and the clitoris itself. Slightly dated now, but still a quick, enjoyable read.

Available to read in

English

The Meaning of Trauma is Wound

Article

2018

The Meaning of Trauma is Wound

Daisy Johnson

A first-person account of living with vaginismus within the British medical system.

Available to read in

English

Unwell Women: A Journey through medicine and myth in a man-made world

Book

2021

Unwell Women: A Journey through medicine and myth in a man-made world

Elinor Cleghorn

In Unwell Women Elinor Cleghorn unpacks the roots of the perpetual misunderstanding, mystification and misdiagnosis of women's bodies, and traces the journey from the 'wandering womb' of ancient Greece, the rise of witch trials in Medieval Europe, through the dawn of Hysteria, to modern day understandings of autoimmune diseases, the menopause and conditions like endometriosis. Packed with character studies of women who have suffered, challenged and rewritten medical orthodoxy - and drawing on her own experience of un-diagnosed Lupus disease - this is a ground-breaking and timely exposé of the medical world and woman's place within it.

Available to read in

English

Encyclopaedia Of Indian Medicine

Medical Textbook

1985

Encyclopaedia Of Indian Medicine

SK Ramachandra Rao

Projected six-volume set of encyclopedia on the "indigenous medical wisdom in India known as Ayurveda.

Available to read in

English

Mistreatment of Women in the Labour Rooms of India: A Call to Action

Document

2020

Mistreatment of Women in the Labour Rooms of India: A Call to Action

Durga Vernekar & Sangeeta Rege

This text documents and explains the epidemic of violence against women in labour rooms across the country, with additional citations and links to examples.

Available to read in

English

The Dialectic of Sex

Book

1970

The Dialectic of Sex

Shulamith Firestone

An old radical feminist text, makes some interesting arguments for the abolishing of gender altogether and the outsourcing or reproduction as the only way to achieve true gender equality. Dated now, but interesting from a historical perspective.

Available to read in

English

The Natyashastra

Book

1950 ed.

The Natyashastra

Bharata Muni, Translated by Manomohan Ghosh

The text is attributed to sage Bharata Muni, and its first complete compilation is dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE but estimates vary between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The subjects covered by the treatise include dramatic composition, structure of a play and the construction of a stage to host it, genres of acting, body movements, make up and costumes, role and goals of an art director, the musical scales, musical instruments and the integration of music with art performance

Available to read in

English