Gender, Body, and Medicine is a collection of nine theses on the genderized concepts of body and medicalization. Although these theses were presented in the Symposium on the History of Health and Beauty and in workshops by the Research Group on the History of Health and Healing a few years ago, their penetrating observations on the body are still very instructive to those in relevant fields. For example, how do people act when the concepts of body are changing? People rarely transform themselves passively. A new model of the body is established through active practice, as David Harvey explained, saying “new technologies (hardware, software, organizational forms) have no meaning or value without active users” (2003: 23). Suzuki Noriko and Chien-ming Yu show us women in modern Japan and China how to be enthusiastic participants in “body reform.” Noriko's research, “Beauties in the Mirror:...

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