Witches, Midwives, and Nurses (Second Edition): A History of Women Healers

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses (Second Edition): A History of Women Healers

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by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
     
 

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As we watch another agonizing attempt to shift the future of health care in the United States, we are reminded of the longevity of this crisis, and how firmly entrenched we are in a system that doesn't work.

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, first published by The Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment

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As we watch another agonizing attempt to shift the future of health care in the United States, we are reminded of the longevity of this crisis, and how firmly entrenched we are in a system that doesn't work.

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, first published by The Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic exposé on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine. This quick history brings us up-to-date, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and modern-day witches.

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, and, most recently, This Land is Their Land.

Deirdre English, the former editor of Mother Jones, is a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"This booklet will open your eyes. Barbara Ehrenrich and Deirdre English show how, for reasons of class politics, women's suppression and naked greed, wealthy men discredited, persecuted and outright killed the wisewomen healers, leaving themselves to be the sole practitioners of their 'scientific' medicine. The information presented here gives a whole new perspective to medical history and points to some of the causes underlying our current healthcare mess."—WomanSource Catalog & Review
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
This dandy little book quickly and concisely explains why it is that 93% of the doctors in this country are men even though women make up 70% of all healthcare workers. If you assumed that men are the doctors because they were the pioneers of the healing arts, then this book will open your eyes. Barbara Ehrenricch and Deirdre English show how, for reasons of class politics, women's suppression and naked greed, wealthy men discredited, persecuted and outright killed the wisewomen healers, leaving them to be the sole practitioners of their "scientific" medicine. The information presented here gives a whole new perspective to medical history and points to some of the causes underlying our current healthcare mess.
—FGP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558616615
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Contemporary Classics Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
181,073
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.24(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. She has written nearly twenty books, and has been a columnist for Time magazine and the New York Times. She has contributed to The Progressive, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and Salon.com.

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Setting aside considerations about nursing history, for me the real value of this is to provide hard-to-find historical background on this aspect of women's history. So much nonsense is floating around (and published) about witchcraft, both pro and con, that we are fortunate that this basic work is still available to us. Highly recommended to anyone interested in women's history - as well as in going beyond wishful thinking and fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been using the material in this little book for years in parent education workshops. Audiences find many of its facts meaningful in understanding how the role of women in medicine has evolved over centuries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit surprised at this book being less than 60 pages. However it did pack a lot of information in those pages. I would like to see an expanded version of this book published, especially with further discussion of the impact of the Malleus Maleficarum on the treatment of women through the centuries.
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