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KLIATTFor this gem, Chris Enss combines two fields of expertise?—?frontier lore and women's history. Her straightforward presentation speaks volumes about gender prejudice and limited expectations for professional women in the 19th century. The daily work demands of sterilizing equipment, measuring dosages on a balance beam scale, and traveling the outback to visit patients attest to the persistence of care givers dedicated to health. Enhancing the humanity of female physicians are individual accounts of rejection from medical colleges, deaths of husbands and children, patients debilitated by malnutrition, and payment scraped together in fresh vegetables, eggs, and wool. Essential to the text are citations from letters and diaries. A bibliography directs the researcher, teacher, student, and general reader to additional sources on women's advancement in the professions. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Globe Pequot, 125p. illus. bibliog., Ages 12 to 15.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass