Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine

TitleSympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMorantz-Sanchez, Regina Markell
EditionFirst edition 1985
Number of Pages464
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina
CityChapel Hill

When first published in 1985, Sympathy and Science was hailed as a groundbreaking study of women in medicine. It remains the most comprehensive history of American women physicians available that also includes the importance of 20th century warfare for the recognition of women as doctors, because they served since the Second World War in the US armies medical service.  Tracing the participation of women in the medical profession from the colonial period to the present, Regina Morantz-Sanchez examines women's roles as nurses, midwives, and practitioners of folk medicine in early America; recounts their successful struggles in the nineteenth century to enter medical schools and found their own institutions and organizations; and follows female physicians into the twentieth century, exploring their efforts to sustain significant and rewarding professional lives without sacrificing the other privileges and opportunities of womanhood. In a new preface, the author surveys recent scholarship and comments on the changing world of women in medicine over the past two decades.

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