Women in White Coats

Women in White Coats

How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

Book - 2021
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"In the early 1800s, women were dying in large numbers from treatable diseases because they avoided receiving medical care. Examinations performed by male doctors were often demeaning and even painful. In addition, women faced stigma from illness--a diagnosis could greatly limit their ability to find husbands, jobs or be received in polite society. Motivated by personal loss and frustration over inadequate medical care, Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Sophia Jex-Blake fought for a woman's place in the male-dominated medical field. For the first time ever, Women in White Coats tells the complete history of these three pioneering women who, despite countless obstacles, earned medical degrees and paved the way for other women to do the same. Though very different in personality and circumstance, together these women built women-run hospitals and teaching colleges--creating for the first time medical care for women by women. With gripping storytelling based on extensive research and access to archival documents, Women in White Coats tells the courageous history these women made by becoming doctors, detailing the boundaries they broke of gender and science to reshape how we receive medical care today."--book jacket.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2021]
ISBN: 9780778389392
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 24 cm


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May 08, 2021

Most of the "changes in medicine" covered are the barriers broken to get a medical education, rather than anything in the practice of medicine. However, the book is an enjoyable account to how women beat the beastly behavior of some men.

Mar 25, 2021

Be sure to read the Epilogue.


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