Title

Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine

Date

2008

Document Type

Book

Medical Subject Headings

Physicians, Women; Culture; Gender Identity; History, 19th Century; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Power (Psychology)

Disciplines

History of Gender | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Library and Information Science | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's History

Abstract

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 their own health, sexuality, and body images, the needs of their patients, and the rise of the women's health movement.

Rights and Permissions

Ellen S. More, Elizabeth Fee, and Manon Parry, ed., Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2008). ISBN 0801890373, 9780801890376.

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