Doctoring the Genitals: Towards Broadening the Meaning of Social Medicine


Richard A. Shweder


         Doctoring the genitals is compatible with a recognizable conception of social medicine. This commentary critically examines the distinction between medical and nonmedical procedures; presents an alternative account of Sohaila Bastamiís personal reaction to the anonymous callerís request for referral information concerning hymen reconstruction surgery; and makes use of Yelp to simulate the callerís procedure for locating a helpful practitioner. Yelp is a very useful informational search engine that does not subject its users to a moral examination.



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