Witches, Midwives, & Nurses (Second Edition): A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
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.
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.
Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers 3.8 out of 5based on
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.
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.
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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