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Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez

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April 1987 0195049853 978-0195049855 New edition
The book deals primarily with the role of women physicians in American society, from the first 19th century figures to the present day. Morantz-Sanchez discusses the reasons for the lack of women doctors throughout the 20th Century until the 1960s and describes the changed conditions in recent years, when over a third of all medical school students are women. This is a broad social and institutional history of an important aspect of women's history in America.

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"A rich and convincing history of the entrance of women into the medical profession and of their struggle to become meaningful members of that community."--Journal of the History of Medicine

"Finely written, comprehensive....Morantz-Sanchez skillfully integrates both the history of medicine and American social history into her discussions as she tells the story of women in medicine from colonial times to the present."--North Carolina Historical Review

"An impressive historical feat in which the themes of the 'history of women'...the history of medicine itself and the history of women in American medicine are skillfully woven."--Journal of the American Medical Association

"An entertaining and edifying work...Morantz-Sanchez intelligently guides us through the intellectual landscape of the [19th century]....Sympathy and Science compares nicely with Paul Starr's excellent, Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Social Transformation of American Medicine."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"This important book will be welcome and absorbing reading for anyone concerned with women or medicine today....The general reader will be fascinated by the discussion of who these women were and how they managed their lives."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[Sympathy and Science] tells a good story, with anecdotes as well as generalizations and with neither exaggeration nor simplification."--The New York Times Book Review

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

"The definitive history of women in American medicine....A first-rate, scholarly job giving credit not only to the women pioneers but also to their male colleagues."--Science Books and Films

"This meticulously researched chronicle transports the reader through three centuries of American medical and social history....Far from being only a historical portrait, this work raises several issues crucial to the continuing growth of women in medicine today."--Journal of the American Medical Women's Association

"A refreshing approach to the history of female physicians in American medicine."--Educational Forum

About the Author

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Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas and author of In Her Own Words: Oral Histories of Women Physicians.

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It was an early November morning in 1869, and Dean Ann Preston of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, normally a rather austere woman, could not hide her delight. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue March 25 2014
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Research Papers Dec 9 2012
By futurewomanphysician - Published on
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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