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5_Sex, Drugs, and Politics - Casper and Carpenter

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890 Monica J. Casper and Laura M. Carpenter © 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © 2008 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd Capital-intensive, private, technology-driven health care has led to an impoverished public health infrastructure (Boylan 2006), and in 2006 the number of uninsured Americans was at an all-time high of 46.6 million, nine million of whom were children. 3 Patient-provider relations Clinicians are central to the distribution of the HPV vaccine: they administer it to patients on three occasions. Positioned to make important decisions about girls and women for whom the vaccine is indicated, clinicians are key figures in the cultural politics surrounding the vaccine’s acceptance and use, including its incorporation into women’s routine preventive health care. Thus, the vaccine reveals gendered aspects of the doctor-patient relationship while creating new categories of patients and new pathways to medicalisation of girls’ bodies.
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