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The healer's calling : women and medicine in early New England

Author: Rebecca J Tannenbaum
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book, the first to describe women medical practitioners other than midwives in the colonial period, emphasizes that medical care was part of every woman's work. The Healer's Calling uses memorable anecdotes, engaging characters, and excerpts from medical recipe notebooks to tell the fascinating story of the practice of household medicine in early America."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca J Tannenbaum
ISBN: 0801438268 9780801438264
OCLC Number: 48473981
Description: xviii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Community --
One: Calling the healers: Early modern medicine and colonial practitioners --
Two: Called to the bedside: medicine in the household --
Three: Calling the women: medical networks and women's communities Four: A higher calling: high-ranking women and the uses of healing --
pt. 2. Authority --
Five: Called to court: women healers as witnesses and authorities --
Six: Calling the doctoress: commercial practice --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Rebecca J. Tannenbaum.

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"This book, the first to describe women medical practitioners other than midwives in the colonial period, emphasizes that medical care was part of every woman's work. The Healer's Calling uses memorable anecdotes, engaging characters, and excerpts from medical recipe notebooks to tell the fascinating story of the practice of household medicine in early America."

"Rebecca J. Tannenbaum points out that housewives provided much of the medical care available in the seventeenth century. Elite women cared for the indigent in their towns and used medical practice to make influential connections with powerful men; "doctresses" or "doctor women," supported themselves with their practices and competed directly with male physicians; and midwives were crucial "expert witnesses" in cases of fornication, murder, and witchcraft. Yet there were limits to the authority of women's healing communities, with consequences for those who overstepped the bounds."--Cover.

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