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Articulating Lifes Memory: U.S. Medical Rhetoric about Abortion in the Nineteenth Century Nathan Stormer

Articulating Lifes Memory: U.S. Medical Rhetoric about Abortion in the Nineteenth Century

Nathan Stormer

Published October 16th 2002
ISBN : 9780739104293
Hardcover
256 pages
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Articulating Lifes Memory offers a unique view of the history of abortion in early America. Nathan Stormers work moves beyond general histories of medicine, science, and women- it provides specific insight into how the earliest medical writings onMoreArticulating Lifes Memory offers a unique view of the history of abortion in early America. Nathan Stormers work moves beyond general histories of medicine, science, and women- it provides specific insight into how the earliest medical writings on abortion served to create cultural memory. Nineteenth-century medical texts presented the act of abortion as a threat to the carefully circumscribed concepts of nation and race. Stormer analyzes a wealth of literature (and illustrations) from the period to explore the rhetorical techniques that led early Americans to presume that abortion put the integrity of all of American culture at risk. The books first part provides a layered context for understanding medical practices within the rhetoric of memory formation and sets early antiabortion efforts within the wider framework of nineteenth-century biopolitics and racism. In Part II of the study, Stormer examines the substance of the memory constituted by these early medical practices. Making a major contribution to the study of rhetoric, Articulating Lifes Memory will be invaluable to scholars researching reproductive rights and feminist and cultural histories of medicine.