The introduction sets the scene for this chapter. The book will be discussed from the perspective of an American medical sociologist who has carried out extensive work on midwifery. A critical and contemporary perspective on the ideas presented in the earlier chapters is discussed. The overview offered should help readers to identify points of interest, tensions and future developments. The conclusion is that this book helps us to understand better the shifting terrain of biomedical power and the way that women are affected by those changes.
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