The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority & Women´s Worlds of Pain

Kaiser Permanente, The Permanente Medical Group, The Permanente Federation


by Kristin K Barker

Review by Anna Luise Kirkengen, MD, PhD

Fall 2008 - Volume 12 Number 4

https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/06-093


The sociologist, Kristin K Barker, scrutinizes the medical making of a disease: fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)—a disease of painfulness, predominantly in women. She outlines the following: In the beginning is the story of the pain named “fibrositis.” After much research, this story ends with the dismantling of the misnomer: no inflamed fibers can be demonstrated to justify the diagnostic term.

 

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