A Cultural Biography of the Prostate

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Johnson, Ericka, 1973-
Lecture presented by Ericka Johnson (Professor of Gender and Society, Linköping University, Sweden) on October 27, 2021. This event was sponsored by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, IU School of Medicine History of Medicine Student Interest Group, IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.

The prostate is the source of physical suffering and anxiety – anxiety about cancer and death, of course, but also erections and urination. It is intimately intertwined with what it means to be a man. Drawing on historical and modern sources, interviews with doctors and patients, medical texts, and cultural images of the prostate, Dr. Johnson's talk examines the history of prostate treatments, how it is treated today, what patients are met by when they seek care, and what medical technologies (including the PSA test) do to men worried about their prostate health. Her research stems from an interdisciplinary, medical humanities project conducted at Linköping University, Sweden.
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Educational; History
History of Medicine; Medical Humanities; Urology; Prostate; Masculinity
History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lectures
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
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