ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Women s Health

THE fog surrounding the picture of women's health is beginning to disperse but ever so slowly. For centuries medicine and the health establishment have viewed women only as mothers or mothers-to-be; women's illnesses have been recognised only when they have affected their reproductive capabilities. So much so that it has been assumed that women are just as ill or just as well as men except, that is, for their reproductive functions. Such an impression firstly ignores the fact that women's social status determines women's health status. Secondly, the nature of health care provided to women is determined by these assumptions, that is, it is geared towards offering special services only for conditions surrounding maternity or its prevention. This in turn has the effect of making visible only those conditions which the health establishment is geared to recognise and treat- conditions which, incidentally, are the ones sanctioned and accepted in society as ill health events.

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