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Witches, midwives, & nurses : a history of women healers

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich; Deirdre English
Publisher: New York City : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, ©2010.
Series: Contemporary classics (Feminist Press)
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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First published by the Feminist Press in 1973, Witches, Midwives & Nurses is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in the demonizing of women healers. With insight and originality, the authors have woven together stories about the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, the emergence of the Popular Health Movement, and an analysis of the contemporary state of medicine in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich; Deirdre English
ISBN: 9781558616615 1558616616
OCLC Number: 551342110
Description: 108 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the second edition: the backstory --
Introduction to the first edition --
Witchcraft and medicine in the middle ages --
Women and the rise of the American medical profession --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Contemporary classics (Feminist Press)
Other Titles: Witches, midwives, and nurses
Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English.

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First published by the Feminist Press in 1973, Witches, Midwives & Nurses is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in the demonizing of women healers. With insight and originality, the authors have woven together stories about the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, the emergence of the Popular Health Movement, and an analysis of the contemporary state of medicine in relation to women's rights. In a new introduction written for this special edition, Ehrenreich and English discuss how this crucial text emerged, how much has changed, and how "for all our gains, we clearly have our work cut out for us." --from back cover.

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