Sympathy and science : women physicians in American medicine /
Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
xii, 464 p. ; 25 cm.
0195036271 :
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
0195036271 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 369-378.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-03:
Sympathy and Science should replace Mary Roth Walsh's ``Doctors Wanted: No Women Need Apply'': Sexual Barriers in the Medical Profession, 1835-1975 (CH, Sep '77), because it does so much more. Where Walsh focused on women's problems in gaining access to the medical profession, Morantz-Sanchez examines the more complex changing roles of women physicians within a changing society and changing professional institutions. At times, women found it useful to stress special feminine traits, at other times to deny any such gender differences. The changing complex of factors brought relative harmony at times, and major disagreements in other instances. Women have not always embraced the same goals or the same methods; this is no simple story of straightforward oppression gradually pushed back. Rather, Morantz-Sanchez demonstrates the complexity of the position of women physicians in the US in a scholarly but effective narrative style that is convincing. This work, with its useful bibliography, should find its place in all libraries serving medical students, women's studies programs, and historians. It should also appeal to more general audiences and to advanced undergraduate students. Recommended.-J. Maienschein, Arizona State University
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Table of Contents
Colonial Beginnings: Public Men and Private Women
The Middle-Class Woman Finds Health Reform
Bringing Science into the Home: Women Enter the Medical Profession
Separate but Equal: Medical Education for Women in the Nineteenth Century
Women and the Profession: The Doctor as a Lady
The Woman Professional: The Lady as a Doctor
Science, Morality, and Women Doctors: Mary Putnam Jacobi and Elizabeth Blackwell as Representative Types
Doctors and Patients: Gender and Medical Treatment in Nineteenth-Century America
Hopes Unfulfilled: Women Physicians and the Social Transformation of American Medicine
The Emergence of Social Medicine: Women's Work in the Profession
Integration in Name Only
Conclusion: Quo Vadis?
Appendix: Notes on Methodology
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