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The Pharmaceuticalized Prostate
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5041-5018
2017 (English)In: Gendering drugs: Feminist Studies of Pharmaceuticals / [ed] Johnson, Ericka, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 37-58Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses the use of alpha-blockers to treat lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostate hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH) as an example of how pharmaceuticals are involved in producing anatomical objects that can be associated with symptoms and diseases. It uses clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of LUTS/BPH and an analytical framework taken from feminist science studies and science and technology studies, drawing on the tradition of thinking about how the gendered body is produced in and by medical technologies. With the concepts actant and intra-action, it articulates the material-discursive constellations that enact the prostate as a target for alpha-blocker therapies by thinking through the intra-actions of patients, bodies and pharmaceuticals. I will first give a brief history of prostate treatments and then read the use of alpha-blockers as described by the guidelines as an example of a pharmaceuticalized prostate.

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 37-58
Keywords [en]
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia; Lower Urinary Tract Symptom; Pharmaceutical Treatment; American Urologic Association; Actor Network Theory
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Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157032DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51487-1_3Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019887772ISBN: 9783319514864 (print)ISBN: 9783319514871 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157032DiVA, id: diva2:1317650
Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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