Women and Health in America: Historical Readings / Edition 2

Women and Health in America: Historical Readings / Edition 2

by Judith W. Leavitt
     
 

In this thoroughly updated second edition, Judith Walzer Leavitt has collected thirty-five articles representing important scholarship in this once-neglected field. Organized chronologically and then by topic, this volume covers studies of women and health in the colonial and revolutionary periods and the nineteenth century through the Civil War. The remainder of the… See more details below

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In this thoroughly updated second edition, Judith Walzer Leavitt has collected thirty-five articles representing important scholarship in this once-neglected field. Organized chronologically and then by topic, this volume covers studies of women and health in the colonial and revolutionary periods and the nineteenth century through the Civil War. The remainder of the book concentrates on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and addresses such controversial issues as body image and physical fitness, sexuality, fertility, abortion and birth control, childbirth and motherhood, mental illness, women's health care providers (midwives, nurses, physicians), and health reform and public health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299159641
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
04/07/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition3
Pt. IWomen and Health in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries9
1Taking the Trade: Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village12
2Childbirth Practices Among Native American Women of New England and Canada, 1600-180038
3"The Living Mother of a Living Child": Midwifery and Mortality in Postrevolutionary New England48
Pt. IIWomen and Health in the Nineteenth Century65
4"This Trial Was Sent in Love and Mercy for My Refinement": A Quaker Woman's Experience of Breast Cancer Surgery in 181468
5Mother Love and Infant Death, 1750-192091
6The Female Animal: Medical and Biological Views of Woman and Her Role in Nineteenth-Century America111
7The Invisible (Invalid) Woman: African-American Women, Illness, and Nineteenth-Century Narrative131
Pt. IIIWomen and Health in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Issues147
8"Something Happens to Girls": Menarche and the Emergence of the Modern American Hygienic Imperative150
9From Robust Appetites to Calorie Counting: The Emergence of Dieting Among Smith College Students in the 1920s172
10What Ought to Be and What Was: Women's Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century192
11Romantic Friends or a "Different Race of Creatures"? The Representation of Lesbian Pathology in Nineteenth-Century America213
12"A New Generation of Women": Progressive Psychiatrists and the Hypersexual Female229
13Voluntary Motherhood: The Beginnings of Feminist Birth Control Ideas in the United States253
14"About to Meet Her Maker": Women, Doctors, Dying Declarations, and the State's Investigation of Abortion, Chicago, 1867-1940269
15The Black Community and the Birth Control Movement293
16Contraceptive Consumers: Gender and the Political Economy of Birth Control in the 1930s306
17Under the Shadow of Maternity: American Women's Responses to Death and Debility Fears in Nineteenth-Century Childbirth328
18And the Results Showed Promise ... Physicians, Childbirth, and Southern Black Migrant Women, 1916-1930: Pittsburgh as a Case Study347
19Race and "Value": Black and White Illegitimate Babies, in the U.S.A., 1945-1965371
20The Invention of Kleptomania390
21Diagnosing Unnatural Motherhood: Nineteenth-Century Physicians and "Puerperal Insanity"405
22The Training and Practice of Midwives: A Wisconsin Study425
23White Nurses, Black Midwives, and Public Health in Mississippi, 1920-1950444
24"Neither for the Drawing Room nor for the Kitchen": Private Duty Nursing in Boston, 1873-1920460
25"They Shall Mount Up with Wings as Eagles": Historical Images of Black Nurses, 1890-1950475
26Interactions Between Public Health Nurses and Clients on American Indian Reservations During the 1930s489
27Feminist Showplace509
28The Gendering of Empathic Expertise: How Women Physicians Became More Empathic Than Men526
29Uncle Sam's Loyal Nieces: American Medical Women, Citizenship, and War Service in World War I540
30A "Terrible and Exhausting" Struggle: Family Caregiving During the Transformation of Medicine559
31Ministries of Healing: Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen G. White, and the Religion of Health579
32Spreading the Germ Theory: Sanitary Science and Home Economics, 1880-1930596
33Gendered Expectations: Women and Early Twentieth-Century Public Health612
34The Growth of Medical Authority: Technology and Morals in Turn-of-the-Century Obstetrics636
35"A Complete Disaster": Abortion and the Politics of Hospital Abortion Committees, 1950-1970659
A Guide for Further Reading681

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