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An incisive history of the struggle of women to become doctors in this country. ("Newsweek")

"More than a feminist/medical history, this is an excellent reflection on the changing scene of American culture and values. ("Kirkus Reviews")"

"In this elegant study, Morantz-Sanchez analyzes what made these women tick, as professionals, as doctors, and as women. ("New England Journal of Medicine")"

A work of major significance. It is an important contribution to what ought to continue to be a dynamic exploration into the history of women doctors in America. ("Journal of American History")

"This is the first study to examine these events in the proper context and to connect the masculinization of medicine with two other transformations, scientific and professional. ("New York Times Book Review")"

More than a feminist/medical history, this is an excellent reflection on the changing scene of American culture and values. ("Kirkus Reviews")

In this elegant study, Morantz-Sanchez analyzes what made these women tick, as professionals, as doctors, and as women. ("New England Journal of Medicine")

This is the first study to examine these events in the proper context and to connect the masculinization of medicine with two other transformations, scientific and professional. ("New York Times Book Review")

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An incisive history of the struggle of women to become doctors in this country. . . . Besides its feminist interest, [the book] opens out into general considerations of the medical profession today.--Newsweek



This careful and well-documented study deserves to be read by historians and members of the medical profession. It raises important issues that absorbed women doctors in the past--separatism, balancing family and career, specialty choices, professionalism, uniqueness--most of which continue to challenge women in the profession today. It is thoughtful and scholarly, as well as very readable, and it is highly recommended.--Isis



A landmark in the field. . . . It will have perceptible impact on feminism, on historical scholarship, and on medicine itself.--Women's Review of Books



In this book, the author accomplishes what historians have attempted to do with only partial success: she delineates the intricate role of women physicians in America from Victorian times to the present without demeaning their struggles toward two ideals that often seem to be in conflict: feminism and femininity. In this elegant study, Morantz-Sanchez analyzes what made these women tick, as professionals, as doctors, and as women.--New England Journal of Medicine



This is the first study to examine these events in the proper context and to connect the masculinization of medicine with two other transformations, scientific and professional. It also tells a good story, with anecdotes as well as generalizations and with neither exaggeration nor simplification.--New York Times Book Review



A work of major significance. It is an important contribution to what ought to continue to be a dynamic exploration into the history of women doctors in America.--Journal of American History



An absorbing and richly detailed account. The author . . . is especially good at detailing the many currents and counter-currents that affected the course of women seeking professional careers. . . . More than a feminist/medical history, this is an excellent reflection on the changing scene of American culture and values.--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807848905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More recent studies of women’s role in American medicine have been published since this important volume appeared in 1985, but Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez work still commands respect for its in-depth examination of women doctors in the United States. This volume has served hundreds of researchers, historians, and writers with its comprehensive and insightful analysis. It’s difficult to imagine anyone undertaking a medical history, biography, of study of women in medicine without consulting Sympathy & Science.

Morantz-Sanchez traces women’s involvement in medicine from colonial days to the obstacles they faced trying to enter medical schools, the founding of their own medical colleges, and their struggle to retain a feminist perspective amid rapid professionalization. Women’s experiences in the early 20th century are presented well as a clash between the agenda of the American Medical Association (a primarily male organization) to bring greater stature and professionalism to the practice of medicine and the hopes of women to achieve equal status with male practitioners even as they retain a feminist perspective of medicine.

Although Morantz-Sanchez documents women doctors’ leadership in developing social medicine, an additional valuable analysis would have been their role in more political arenas, especially woman suffrage and reproductive rights in the early 2oth century.

Michael Helquist, MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
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Morantz-Sanchez work is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Women Studies. Although my interest has always been with women's history, particularly in the 19th century, I've always been hesitant to consider myself a "feminist" or "Women's Studies Student." The approach that Morantz-Sanchez takes in telling the history of these trailblazing women is refreshingly relevant to the time that the women lived. I was most impressed by the depiction of opposing view points of a woman's role in medicine as was seen withing the female medical community. This book is a real eye-opener to what women in the 19th century were actually capable of achieving in a time when they are often misrepresented as being utterly incapable of anything beyond maintaining a home and bearing children.
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I used this amazing book for my Extended Essay. It was invaluable in my research and provided me with other resources to look for.With its wide range covering over 200 years of American history, I was able to write on all aspects of the subject for my paper. I love this book.
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