Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine

ISBN-10: 0801890381

ISBN-13: 9780801890383

Edition: 2008

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This volume examines the wide-ranging careers and diverse lives of American women physicians, shedding light on their struggles for equality, professional accomplishment, and personal happiness over the past 150 years. Leading scholars in the history of medicine chronicle the trials and triumphs of such extraordinary women as Marie Zakrzewska, one of the first female medical graduates in the United States and founder of the New England Hospital for Women and Children; Mary S. Calderone, the courageous and controversial medical director of Planned Parenthood in the mid-twentieth century; and Esther Pohl Lovejoy, who risked her life to bring medical aid and supplies to countries experiencing war, famine, and other catastrophes. Illuminating the ethnic, political, and personal diversity of women physicians, the book reveals them as dedicated professionals who grapple with obstacles and embrace challenges, even as they negotiate with their own health, sexuality, and body images, the needs of their patients, and the rise of the women's health movement. Encompassing the most recent work in the history of women in American medicine, Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine will interest students and scholars in history, women's studies, and the history of medicine.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Ellen S. More is Head of the Office of Medical History and Archives at Lamar Soutter Library and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Ellen S. More is head of the Office of Medical History and Archives at the Lamar Soutter Library and professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the author of the award-winning book, Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850--1995. Elizabeth Fee is chief of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine and professor of history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Manon S. Parry is co-curator, with Ellen More, of the exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians, held at the National Library of Medicine 2004--2006.

Introduction: New Perspectives on Women Physicians and Medicine in the United States, 1849 to the Present
Performing Gender, Being a Woman Physician
Mary Putnam Jacobi and the Nineteenth-Century Politics of Women's Health Research
Maternity and the Female Body in the Writings of Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, 1829-1902
Female Patient Agency and the 1892 Trial of Dr. Mary Dixon Jones in Late Nineteenth-Century Brooklyn
A Chinese Woman Doctor in Progressive Era Chicago
Professionalism versus Sexuality in the Career of Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone, 1904-1998
Challenging the Culture of Professionalism
The Legacy of Masculine Codes of Honor and the Admission of Women to the Medical Profession in the Nineteenth Century
Women Physicians and the Twentieth-Century Women's Health Movement in the United States
Narrative Forms in Our Bodies, Ourselves
Feminists Fight the Culture of Exclusion in Medical Education, 1970-1990
Expanding the Boundaries
Women Physicians and Medical Sects in Nineteenth-Century chicago
Ruth A. Parmelee, Esther P. Lovejov, and the Discourse of Motherhood in Asia Minor and Greece in the Early Twentieth Century
Women Physicians and a New Agenda for College Health, 1920-1970
Conclusion: Opportunities and Obstacles for Women Physicians in the Twenty-First Century
List of Contributors
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