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New post on EäBlog: Ways of body intervention: midwives and scientific medicine in historical perspective, by Marcelo Sánchez

cartilla de partearThis post by Marcelo Sánchez is presented as a motivation to read and discuss the article “ABERLES ABIERTO O RAJADO LAS PARTES PUDENDAS”. Episiotomic procedures of the Chilean midwives in the Cologne. Notes for an historical reflection, published on Eä, Vol. 2 (1), august 2010. The article discusses the relations between body interventions made ​​in the framework of traditional medicine and scientific medicine from the study of two cases of judicial persecution for practicing midwives on the body surgical practices of midwives. From the court case in Chile in 1790 against midwives office and Josefa Muchela Orrego Transit, it examines the references to episiotomic practices that resulted in death.

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New post on EäBlog: Natural or technological? What women think about assisted reproduction in Argentina. Origins and dilemmas of assisted reproduction in Argentina, by Lucia Ariza

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"(...) The high technological component of reproductive medicine, the occurrence in it of fertilization outside the female body, the evolution of associated techniques such as cryopreservation of embryos and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and the configuration of innovation scenarios (such as the constitution of egg and sperm banks) that profoundly disturb the established meanings about the origin of life and what constitutes "nature" have linked the evolution of reproductive medicine to debates of a moral and political nature, concerning especially the status of the embryo as a potential human being, as well as the potential health risks of both babies born by assisted procreation techniques and patients (especially women) who have to undergo complex and usually troublesome medical procedures (such as stimulation and ovarian puncture or testicular biopsy). These debates (which in Argentina and Latin America have generally been restricted to the technical and academic fields, and are still far from including broad population) have revealed the cultural discomfort of practices of reproductive medicine (especially in countries where the influence of the Catholic Church permeates vast social structures), as well as the perception that this type of treatment modifies established or "natural" forms to procreate, eliminating "old" dichotomies like "nature/culture".  See full text on EäBlog

The paper “La procreación como evento natural o tecnológico: repertorios decisorios acerca del recurso a la reproducción asistida en mujeres en parejas infértiles de Buenos Aires” published on Eä Journal Vol. 2 N°1, investigates the perceptions and experiences of a group of infertile women or infertile couples regarding the possibility of reproductive treatment.

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New issue: Eä, Vol. 2 Nº 3 - Aoril 2011. New issue. New initiatives for the promotion and circulation of knowledge.

IM_Vol_2_N3_-C_Esp_copia It is with great satisfaction that we present the sixth issue of Eä- Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies of Science and Technology, Vol. 2 Nº 3 – April 2011.

What’s new?: EäBlog. Vol. 2 Nº 3 is presented with a novelty: since this issue we have launched EäBlog, a new space that emerged from the need to contribute to the social circulation of knowledge that is discovered by researchers all over the world in the disciplines that are located in the intersection between Health, Society, Science and Technology.

EäBlog, avaliable at blog.ea-journal.com, is a new space related to Eä – Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies of Science and Technology -but at the same time differentiated from it- with a blog layout. This project is conceived under one of the main purposes of our publication: to foster the utilization of the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and social networks on the development of the Medical Humanities and the Social Studies of Science and Technology.
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Social Media: A guide for researchers

Through the blog Medicina, Hidr_263046c5722b11dec6051ce764dcc4eastoria y Sociedad we came across a good resource for researchers. 'Social Media: A Guide for Researchers' was produced Alan Cann of the Department of Biology at the University of Leicester, and Konstantia Dimitriou and Tristram Hooley from the International Center for Guidance Studies (iCeGS). Guide was published by the Research Information Network (RIN).

The guide aims at discussing the use of social media for research and academic purposes:
implication of social media on how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate, range of tools for finding, using and disseminating information and acadmic contents, the way they can be used to bridge disciplinary boundaries, engage in knowledge exchange with industry and policy makers, and provide a channel for the public communication of their research.

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Voluntary blood donation campaign (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

imagen-fuhesaOn November 23-24, 2010 the Fundación Hematológica Sarmiento (FU.HE.SA.), which helps supporting Eä Journal, held a voluntary blood donation campaign in Buenos Aires' Obelisk, as a part of the activities organized for the month of the voluntary blood donor. To the event assisted 309 donors and was counted with radio and TV coverage. Over 2 thousand pamphlets were delivered in order to make the population concious about the need of voluntary blood donation.

 

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