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

Author: Rebecca J Tannenbaum
Publisher: Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2009] ©2002
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca J Tannenbaum
ISBN: 1501720198 9781501720192
OCLC Number: 1121057802
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
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.

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 medical oddities 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. By setting women's practice in the context of contemporary medicine, gender roles, and community norms, Tannenbaum also reveals the relationship between women's medical practice and witchcraft accusations. Tannenbaum examines colonial America's full range of medical options--including the work of classically trained male doctors and male lay practitioners--with a keen eye to the interactions and tensions between men and women in the realm of healing.

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