The Changing Face of Medicine: Women Doctors and the Evolution of Health Care in America

The Changing Face of Medicine: Women Doctors and the Evolution of Health Care in America

by Ann K. Boulis, Jerry A. Jacobs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801476623

ISBN-13: 9780801476624

Pub. Date: 08/19/2010

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The number of women practicing medicine in the United States has grown steadily since the late 1960s, with women now roughly at parity with men among entering medical students. Why did so many women enter American medicine? How are women faring, professionally and personally, once they become physicians? Are women transforming the way medicine is practiced?

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The number of women practicing medicine in the United States has grown steadily since the late 1960s, with women now roughly at parity with men among entering medical students. Why did so many women enter American medicine? How are women faring, professionally and personally, once they become physicians? Are women transforming the way medicine is practiced?

To answer these questions, The Changing Face of Medicine draws on a wide array of sources, including interviews with women physicians and surveys of medical students and practitioners. The analysis is set in the twin contexts of a rapidly evolving medical system and profound shifts in gender roles in American society.

Throughout the book, Ann K. Boulis and Jerry A. Jacobs critically examine common assumptions about women in medicine. For example, they find that women's entry into medicine has less to do with the decline in status of the profession and more to do with changes in women's roles in contemporary society. Women physicians' families are becoming more and more like those of other working women. Still, disparities in terms of specialty, practice ownership, academic rank, and leadership roles endure, and barriers to opportunity persist. Along the way, Boulis and Jacobs address a host of issues, among them dual-physician marriages, specialty choice, time spent with patients, altruism versus materialism, and how physicians combine work and family.

Women's presence in American medicine will continue to grow beyond the 50 percent mark, but the authors question whether this change by itself will make American medicine more caring and more patient centered. The future direction of the profession will depend on whether women doctors will lead the effort to chart a new course for health care delivery in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801476624
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Series:
Culture and Politics of Health Care Work Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Feminization of an Evolving Profession
3 Applying for Change
4 The Gendered Map of Contemporary Medicine
5 Gender, Sorting, and Tracking
6 Work, Family, Marriage, and Generational Change
7 Women Physicians Caring for Patients
8 Medicine as a Family-Friendly Profession?
9 Conclusion: A Prognosis for Gender and Medical Care

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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