By Regina Morantz-Sanchez
While first released in 1985, Sympathy and Science used to be hailed as a groundbreaking research of girls in medication. It is still the main accomplished heritage of yankee girls physicians to be had. Tracing the participation of ladies within the clinical career from the colonial interval to the current, Regina Morantz-Sanchez examines women's roles as nurses, midwives, and practitioners of people medication in early the US; recounts their winning struggles within the 19th century to go into scientific colleges and located their very own associations and companies; and follows woman physicians into the 20 th century, exploring their efforts to maintain major and worthwhile specialist lives with no sacrificing the opposite privileges and possibilities of womanhood.
In a brand new preface, the writer surveys fresh scholarship and reviews at the altering global of girls in medication during the last 20 years. regardless of notable advances, she concludes, girls physicians proceed to grapple with some of the matters that bothered their predecessors.
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Maines, The Technology of the Orgasm: "Hysteria, " the Vibrator; and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999). See also Morantz-Sanchez, Conduct Unbecoming a Woman, chap. 5. 39. See Alexandra Dundas Todd, Intimate Adversaries: Cultural Conflict between Doctors and Women Patients (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989); Wendy Mitchinson, The Nature of Their Bodies: Women and Their Doctors in Victorian Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991); Patricia A.
Others insisted that once women were properly exposed to public and professional life, they would learn to act more like men, and that was all to the good. The ranks of women doctors displayed this wide-ranging diversity. Many would not have called themselves feminists. ' They disagreed over strategy and substance. One group concentrated on the building of separate institutions in order to preserve and strengthen female spheres of influence within the profession. Another wished to see women assimilate into male institutions as quickly as possible.
If there was a dominant point of view among women doctors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was that women Introduction 5 belonged in the medical profession by virtue of their natural gifts as healers and nurturers. Most would have agreed with Dr. Ella Flagg Young when she observed that "every woman is born a doctor. "3 By the middle of the nineteenth century, medicine appeared especially suited for women because it combined the alleged authority of science with a dedication to alleviating suffering that seemed inherently female.
Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine by Regina Morantz-Sanchez