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The Genesis of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)


Abstract This is a project about medicine and the history of a condition called premenstrual syndrome (PMS), its “discovery” and conceptual development at both scientific and socio-cultural levels. Since it was first mentioned in medical literature, PMS has been explored empirically as a medical condition and conceptually as non-somatic cultural phenomenon. Many attempts have been made to produce scientific, empirical evidence to bolster the theory of PMS as a biological disease. Some non-medical perspectives argue that invoking biology as the cause of PMS medicalizes a natural function of the female reproductive system and shallowly interrogates what is actually a complex bio-psycho-social phenomenon. This thesis questions both sides of this debate... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Zietal, Bianca Erica (Author) / Hurlbut, James (Advisor) / Robert, Jason (Committee member) / Brian, Jennifer (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Science history / Women's studies / Gender studies / culture bound syndrome / medical history / menstrual cycle / PMDD / PMS / premenstrual syndrome
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 75 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Biology 2016
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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