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From the Publisher"Goan provides a well-researched historical account that draws from numerous primary and secondary sources to describe Breckenridge's successes and failings as a reformer."—
-Journal of Appalachian Studies
"Throughout her carefully documented book, Goan engages with the works of other scholars of nursing, women and reform, scientific medicine, and Appalachian studies."
-Journal of Southern History
"Enmeshes the personal and public lives of this charismatic figure and brings her to life."
"Goan succeeds in extracting Breckinridge's life and impact from her carefully constructed public image."
-Journal of American History
-Midwest Book Review
"Goan does a fine job placing Breckinridge, her life, her ideas, and her achievements in their historical and cultural contexts. . . . Enlarges our understanding of Appalachia, social reform, and scientific medicine in the twentieth century. . . . [The] book will be embraced eagerly by medical and lay readers. Historians of Appalachia, social reform, and the rise of scientific medicine . . . nurse midwives and nurse practitioners . . . [and] classroom settings including courses on women and medicine, the history of the US south, and the history of medicine."
-Nursing History Review