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Medicine women : the story of early-American women doctors

Author: Cathy Luchetti
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The story of women in medicine is multi- fold, from their ascendency as healers and midwives in the early years of American Colonialism to their gradual decline as they were eclipsed by men, whose entrance into the medical ranks brought new standards of exclusionary professionalism. All-male medical schools, state medical boards, and licensing pushed "healing" women into the subcategory of midwife or nurse.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Luchetti, Cathy, 1945-
Medicine women.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1998
(OCoLC)607063647
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cathy Luchetti
ISBN: 0517598485 9780517598481 0609802100 9780609802106
OCLC Number: 38174235
Description: 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Frontier Medicine: From Midwives to M.D.'s --
Ch. 2. Medicine by Degree: Women in Medical School --
Ch. 3. Women Scorned: Prejudice and Practice --
Ch. 4. Who Will Be a Doctor?: Character, Style, and Outlook of Medical Women --
Ch. 5. Early Inspirations: Motivation and Mentors --
Ch. 6. First Love: Marriage or Medicine? --
Ch. 7. Dangers Faced, Hardships Borne: The House Call --
Ch. 8. Rural Outbreaks: Plagues, Scourges, and General Afflictions --
Ch. 9. Medics in the Military: No Women Need Apply --
Ch. 10. Ethnic Outreach: Women, Medicine, and Cross-Cultural America --
Ch. 11. The Doc Is In: Setting Up a Rural Office --
Ch. 12. Fees, Bills, and Payment in Kind --
Ch. 13. Rural Remedies --
Ch. 14. Kitchen Table Surgery --
Ch. 15. Pink Pills and Innovations --
Ch. 16. Breaching the Bulwarks: Birth Control --
Ch. 17. "Lying-In" and Childbirth.
Responsibility: Cathy Luchetti.
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"The story of women in medicine is multi- fold, from their ascendency as healers and midwives in the early years of American Colonialism to their gradual decline as they were eclipsed by men, whose entrance into the medical ranks brought new standards of exclusionary professionalism. All-male medical schools, state medical boards, and licensing pushed "healing" women into the subcategory of midwife or nurse. Nineteenth-century women retaliated by forming their own colleges, studying independently, and eventually forcing themselves into competition with accepted medical institutions. But these women doctors had a twin burden of prejudice to overcome: first, society's Victorian grudge against any woman who wished to snap the bonds of domesticity and become a professional; and, also, the basic distrust of a rural population for medicine. Women had to win the confidence of female patients before launching into feminist encouragement, advocating fresh air, exercise, and uncorseted clothing. The discreet balance of power between physician and patient hung in delicate balance, either tipped toward female competition or stirred into a level of feminine support. Understanding the stories of these medical pioneers--their motivations, hardships, and conflicts--assigns a human face to otherwise dry statistics. The early-American female doctor comes vividly to life through her own writings, which have been incorporated into this book. Along with Cathy Luchetti's expert and engaging narrative, and a collection of more than 50 stunning photographs, Medicine Women offers the key to the heart of the rural, frontier doctor."--Publisher description.

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