Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil
Sex Hormones: Making Drugs, Forging Efficacies
Sex hormones are particularly propitious to processes of translation given that, as pharmaceutical drugs, they are able to enter a range of cultural, political, and social domains. The production of sex hormones into drugs stabilized these complex objects, giving substance and a particular efficacy to a set of medical ideas. In this process, the uses and culturally defined benefits to be drawn from their side-effects perpetually evolves and changes as they travel. This chapter examines the relationship between the form given to a drug and its effect in the body. It attends to the interplay of material and semiotic elements...