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Medically Unexplained Symptoms - Lesbian Motherhood

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 01 July 2009

From dizziness to chronic pain, the overstretched health service is faced with increasing numbers of patients with symptoms that defy a medical explanation. They are often subject to repeated tests and treatment yet their illness persists. Laurie Taylor is joined by Monica Greco, whose research suggests the practice of patient choice ensures that many such patients get worse rather than better.

Also on the programme, Róisín Ryan-Flood, the author of Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship, talks about the growing numbers of lesbians choosing to have children by donor insemination and the evolution of new definitions of family.

  • Dr Monica Greco

    Dr Monica Greco, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London

    Paper: “Medically unexplained symptoms: The failure of categories and the paradox of care”

    Find out more about Monica Greco
  • Dr Simon Cohn

    Dr Simon Cohn, Medical Anthropologist and Senior University Lecturer at Cambridge University

    Find out more about Simon Cohn
  • Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood

    Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood, Academic Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex

    Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230545416
    ISBN-13: 978-0230545410

    Find out more about Róisín Ryan-Flood


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