Women in Medicine: An Encyclopedia

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Women in Medicine: An Encyclopedia tells the hidden history of healing practitioners. Since ancient times, and in every human society, women have played a critical, if unheralded, role in the practice and progress of the medical arts and sciences. From the 11th century German nun Hildegarde of Bingen to early 20th century radiology pioneer Marie Curie to controversial Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, Women in Medicine portrays the struggles, the skills, the science, and the inspiring stories of more than 200 of ...

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Overview

Women in Medicine: An Encyclopedia tells the hidden history of healing practitioners. Since ancient times, and in every human society, women have played a critical, if unheralded, role in the practice and progress of the medical arts and sciences. From the 11th century German nun Hildegarde of Bingen to early 20th century radiology pioneer Marie Curie to controversial Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, Women in Medicine portrays the struggles, the skills, the science, and the inspiring stories of more than 200 of history's great women physicians and medical researchers.

Not just a biographical compendium, Women in Medicine also includes entries on the key universities, institutes, and foundations of this illustrious history. Chock full of unique illustrations and complete with extensive bibliography and index, this one volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and accessible reference work on the history of women in medicine. A must buy for any library looking to round out its women's history or history of science reference shelf.

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Editorial Reviews

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"… provides entries about numerous women who are not covered in readily available sources. Women in Medicine will be a valuable addition to high school, academic, and public libraries.'

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American Reference Books Annual

"Women in Medicine is recommended for public, secondary-school, and college collections that need more coverage in this area."

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Booklist

"Nicely illustrated, this encyclopedia is both comprehensive and accessible … Highly recommended."

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Library Journal
Windsor, a health sciences reference librarian at Ohio University, here profiles over 200 women from myriad scientific arenas, dating from 200 C.E. to the present. Most entries are for 19th- to mid-20th-century women. Included are Linda Richards, the first trained nurse in the United States; Rebecca Crumpler, the first African American physician; Nobel prize-winning chemist Gertrude Elion; Marie Boivin, a prominent French midwife of the early 19th century; psychoanalyst Karen Horney; and Shirley Tilghman, a molecular biologist working on the Human Genome Project. Though the emphasis is on women who have made a significant impact on medicine, there is a scattering of entries on institutions and social issues, e.g., female genital mutilation and footbinding. Libraries that already own either the Biographical Dictionary of Women Healers: Midwives, Nurses, and Physicians, which includes approximately the same number of entries, or Benjamin F. and Barbara S. Shearer's Notable Women in the Life Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary (to which this reviewer contributed one of the 97 entries) may question the purchase of such a similar book: a number of entries overlap in all three works. Appropriate for high school and public library reference collections lacking up-to-date titles in this area. (Index, glossary, illustrations, and chronology not seen.)-Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073926
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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