Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine Paperback – Apr 1987
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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
About the Author:
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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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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