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The woman in the surgeon's body

Author: Joan Cassell
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
Cassell observed thirty-three surgeons in five North American cities over the course of three years. We follow these women through their grueling days: racing through corridors to make rounds, perform operations, hold office hours, and teach residents. We hear them, in their own words, discuss their training and their relations with patients, nurses, colleagues, husbands, and children. Do these women differ from  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Cassell
ISBN: 0674004078 9780674004078
OCLC Number: 45803123
Awards: Nominated for Don K. Price Award 2001
Nominated for History of Women in Science Prize 2001
Description: vii, 267 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: "What's an anthropologist doing studying surgeons?" --
Bodies of difference --
Telling stories --
Women leading --
Forging the iron surgeon --
The gender of care --
A creedy institution --
A worst-case scenario --
Surgeons in this day and age.
Responsibility: Joan Cassell.


Surgery is the most martial and masculine of medical specialties. What, then, if the surgeon is a woman? An anthropologist enters this closely guarded arena to explore the work and lives of women  Read more...


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This [is a] riveting study on women surgeons in the United States...The author studied 33 women surgeons of differing ages practising in eastern and mid-western United States. There was a wide Read more...

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