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American MedicineThe Quest for Competence$
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Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520088962

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520088962.001.0001

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Competence and Care

Competence and Care

(p.54) Chapter Three Competence and Care
American Medicine

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

University of California Press

Although, in Coast Community, all branches of medical practice experienced challenges and transformations, the practice of obstetrics became a focus for innovation, heavily influenced by “gendered ways of knowing and doing” and by a professional rethinking of approaches to obstetrical care. It also became an arena for professional and public discussion and contests about medical competence. By the early 1980s, gender and specialty coincided almost perfectly. Distinctions of gender and specialty colored how these physicians and midwives produced and regarded competing forms of knowledge relevant to obstetrical practice.

Keywords:   obstetrics, Coast Community, obstetrical care, medical competence

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