technoscience

From Hands of Flesh to Laparoscopy: A History of Endometriosis in Taiwan, 1950s-2000s

Author Info
Ling-Ya Tsai; Hsiu-Yun Wang
Kao Yuan Senior High School of Technology and Commerce; Graduate Institute of Gender Studies, Kaohsiung Medical University

This paper traces the history of endometriosis in Taiwan from the 1950s to the present by analyzing oral history interviews with ob/gyns and women with endometriosis as well as written documents (newspapers, magazines, and books). Endometriosis first emerged in Taiwan in the 1950s, but few cases were reported. Diagnosis relied mainly on gynecological examination by hand or via exploratory surgery.

Citation: 
Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 10 (April 2010)
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