Woman In The Surgeon's Body / Edition 1by Joan Cassell
Pub. Date: 10/16/2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Surgery is the most martial and masculine of medical specialties. The combat with death is carried out in the operating room, where the intrepid surgeon challenges the forces of destruction and disease. What, then, if the surgeon is a woman? Anthropologist Joan Cassell enters this closely guarded arena to explore the work and lives of women practicing their craft
Surgery is the most martial and masculine of medical specialties. The combat with death is carried out in the operating room, where the intrepid surgeon challenges the forces of destruction and disease. What, then, if the surgeon is a woman? Anthropologist Joan Cassell enters this closely guarded arena to explore the work and lives of women practicing their craft in what is largely a man's world.
Cassell observed thirty-three surgeons in five North American cities over the course of three years. We follow these women through their grueling days: racing through corridors to make rounds, perform operations, hold office hours, and teach residents. We hear them, in their own words, discuss their training and their relations with patients, nurses, colleagues, husbands, and children.
Do these women differ from their male colleagues? And if so, do such differences affect patient care? The answers Cassell uncovers are as complex and fascinating as the issues she considers. A unique portrait of the day-to-day reality of these remarkable women, The Woman in the Surgeon's Body is an insightful account of how being female influences the way the surgeon is perceived by colleagues, nurses, patients, and superiors--and by herself.
- Harvard University Press
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- New Edition
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Table of Contents
- What's an Anthropologist Doing Studying Surgeons?
- Bodies of Difference
- Telling Stories
- Women Leading
- Forging the Iron Surgeon
- The Gender of Care
- A Greedy Institution
- A Worst-Case Scenario
- Surgeons in This Day and Age
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As the husband of a soon-to-be surgical resident, once I got past the discussion of research methodologies and the justifications thereof, I found the information gleaned from the stories to be of great value for what I should anticipate during my wife's training and career. However, a five-star rating was not warranted because the author spends more time than I felt necessary trying to give a cursory education on her research methods and theory. For those of us who like to cut to the chase and get to the meat of the stories from which I gleaned the most valuable information, skimming the first several chapters is advised. (And for future reference, the author should divide the chapters into separate sections so that the not-concerned-with-all-the-little-details-of-anthropology portion of her audience may skip over the quasi-academic portions without thinking we missed necessary content.) Nevertheless, the perspectives presented are invaluable to ANYONE contemplating the career of a surgeon as well as those married to or thinking of commencing a relationship with a surgeon or surgeon-to-be.