Forged by the Knife: The Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color

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The author draws on her own residency experiences and from interviews with six other Black women surgeons to describe the obstacles they faced in a social system designed as an endurance test or boot camp for White men. Their stories shed light on the experiences of a pathbreaking group of women. Medical school administrators, educators, and those seeking to understand why empathy does or does not develop in physicians will find this a valuable book. It also speaks to those seeking to understand institutionalized racism and sexism.
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Journal of the American Medical Association
For those who are thoughtful about their own careers and about how to change medical training, Dr. Dawson's book contributes both to our specific knowledge about African American women general surgeons and to our understanding of all physicians and the ever more diverse medical students that we are now training.
Booknews
Now a breast surgeon in Seattle, Dawson draws on her own experience and that of others to explain how women, and especially women of color, must struggle to overcome the obstacles of a medical training program designed by and for traditional white males. Her account should interest surgical and medical educators and scholars of sexism and racism in general. It is not indexed. Paper edition (unseen), $15.00. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780940880641
  • Publisher: Open Hand Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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