Fabulous Female Physicians

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Women have been doctors for a very long time. From a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they have surmounted great odds to heal and help their communities. This book of ten biographies features women from around the world, past and present. Besides three of Canada's own, including Emily Stowe and AIDS doctor Lucille Teasdale, the book includes accessible stories about an early Native woman doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte; Maria Montessori, who later became the founder of a world-wide movement in ...

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Overview

Women have been doctors for a very long time. From a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they have surmounted great odds to heal and help their communities. This book of ten biographies features women from around the world, past and present. Besides three of Canada's own, including Emily Stowe and AIDS doctor Lucille Teasdale, the book includes accessible stories about an early Native woman doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte; Maria Montessori, who later became the founder of a world-wide movement in education; Haitian-born Carolle Jean-Murat, who has overcome devastating poverty and prejudice to become a world-renowned physician and educator; and Joy Seager, the "Kangaroo Island doctor" of Australia. An introduction, photographs, and illustrative and boxed material make this book both fun reading and a useful resourse.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Although women have been taking care of the sick for thousands of years, they have not been welcomed as physicians. Here is the story of ten females from different parts of the world who fought against cultural barriers in order to become doctors. As a result, they were pioneers in the field of medicine. For example, Dr. Emily Stowe became the first Canadian woman doctor, Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman doctor, Dr. Matilda Evans, the first Black woman doctor in South Carolina, Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, and so forth. Ironically, these women were told that they could not study the naked human body alongside men; but women patients were refusing to be examined by male doctors. Through hard work, determination, and dedication, these females were able to become physicians and treat women, the poor, and minorities who would otherwise have had no medical care. The doctors' lives were full of adventure as they often practiced in remote areas, such as Uganda or Kangaroo Island off the coast of Australia. This book, from "The Women's Hall of Fame Series," should be an inspiration for young women. It includes map, photos, glossary, and other references. 2002 (orig. 2001), Second Story Press,
— Carol Raker Collins
VOYA
This is a multi-book review of two volumes in the "Women's Hall of Fame" series. Spotlighting ten women in each volume, these books profile interesting subjects from around the world, spanning the mid-nineteenth century through current day. Each chapter highlighting a single woman is from five to ten pages long, with enough anecdotal information to personalize the subject. Sidebars explain a word or event or provide helpful historical background. The women selected have achieved outstanding success in their fields, often despite sexism and racism. The series is designed to go beyond a mere description of achievements to focus on the obstacles overcome, the events that led to the successes in these women's lives, and their accomplishments in other areas. The books hope to inspire and encourage young women—even older ones—to work hard to achieve their goals. Although aimed at the upper elementary and middle school grades, because the books cover a subject of interest to all ages, older readers needing easier-to-read material can also use them. Most of the Canadian and U.S. athletes profiled in Amazing Women Athletes are or have been successful in a variety of sports, from wheelchair racing to mountain climbing or curling. A few errors, such as stating that Kentucky-born jockey Steve Cauthen is from England, mar this book. The women in Fabulous Female Physicians come from a greater number of countries, including India, Italy, Haiti, and the Philippines. A helpful map shows where these physicians were born and worked. The series would be useful not so much for homework facts—although there are many—but for learning how people become successful. Glossary. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. 2001,Second Story Press, 100p, Levine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896764436
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Women's Hall of Fame Series
  • Pages: 100
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her books about the holocaust for young readers, including Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and The Underground Reporters. A former psychologist, Kathy tours North America speaking to young people about the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

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