Celebrating America's Women Physicians

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Suggested Reading
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Suggested Reading

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These bibliographies provide materials for the woman physicians featured in the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibition. A list of books provides suggested K-12 reading materials and videos that explore the possibilities for women in the world of medicine. The research bibliography provides additional resources on the history of women in medicine and a selection of autobiographies by women physicians.

Research Bibliography

  • Abram, Ruth, ed. Send Us a Lady Physician: Women Doctors in America, 1835-1920. New York: Norton, 1985.
  • Apple, Rima, ed. Women, Health, and Medicine in America: A Historical Handbook. New York: Garland, 1990.
  • Bickel, Janet. Women in Medicine. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
  • Bickel, Janet, and Delese Wear, eds. Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000.
  • Bleier, Ruth, ed. Feminist Approaches to Science. New York: Pergamon Press, 1986.
  • Bleier, Ruth. Gender and Science: A Critique of Biology and its Theories on Women. New York: Pergamon Press, 1984.
  • Bonner, Thomas Neville. To the Ends of the Earth: Women's Search for Education in Medicine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.
  • Borst, Charlotte. Catching Babies: The Professionalization of Childbirth 1870-1920. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Bowman, Marjorie and Deborah I. Allen. Stress and Women Physicians. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1985.
  • Bowman, Marjorie, Erica Frank, and Deborah Allen. Women in Medicine: Career and Life Management. rev. ed. of Stress and Women Physicians. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002.
  • Campbell, Margaret A. [Mary Howell]. Why Would a Girl Go Into Medicine? Medical Education in the United States: A Guide for Women. Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, 1973.
  • Candib, Lucy. Medicine and the Family. New York: Basic Books, 1995.
  • Cassell, Joan. The Woman in the Surgeon's Body. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Chaff, Sandra, Ruth Haimbach, Carol Fenichel, and Nina Woodside, eds. Women in Medicine: a Bibliography of the Literature on Women Physicians. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1977.
  • Chen, Eliza Lo, ed. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002.
  • Conley, Frances K. Walking Out On the Boys. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • Dawson, Patricia L. Forged by the Knife: The Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color. Seattle: Open Hand Publications, 1999.
  • Dickstein, Leah J. and Carol C. Nadelson, ed. Women Physicians in Leadership Roles. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1986.
  • Drachman, Virginia. Hospital with a Heart: Women Doctors and the Paradox of Separatism at the New England Hospital 1862-1969. Ithaca: Cornell UniversityPress, 1984.
  • Furst, Lilian R., ed. Women Physicians and Healers: Climbing a Long Hill. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
  • Glazer, Penina M. and Miriam Slater.Unequal Colleagues: The Entry of Women into the Professions 1890-1940. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987.
  • Hine, Darlene Clark, Elsa Barkley Brown, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. Black women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. 2 Vols. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
  • Hurd-Mead, Kate Campbell. A History of Women in Medicine: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century. Boston: Milford House, 1973.
  • Hornstein, Gail A. To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichman. New York: Free Press, 2000.
  • Klass, Perri. A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student. New York: Putnam, 1987.
  • Klass, Perri. Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training. New York: Random House, 1992.
  • Klass, Perri. Taking Care of Your Own: Parenthood and the Medical Mind. Knoxville, TN: Whittle Direct Books, 1992.
  • Klass, Perri. Love and Modern Medicine: Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.
  • Klass, Perri. Other Women's Children. New York: Random House, 1990.
  • Ko, Kathryn. The Survival Bible for Women in Medicine. New York: Parthenon Publishing Group, 1998.
  • Leavitt, Judith Walzer. Women and Health in America. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.
  • Lightfoot, Sarah Lawrence. Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1988.
  • Lopate, Carol. Women in Medicine. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1968.
  • Lorber, Judith. Women Physicians: Career, Status and Power. New York: Tavistock Publications, 1984.
  • Lovejoy, Esther Pohl. Certain Samaritans. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1927.
  • Lovejoy, Esther Pohl. Women Physicians and Surgeons. Livington, NY: Livingston Press, 1939.
  • Lovejoy, Esther Pohl. Women Physicians of the World. New York: Macmillan, 1957.
  • Moldow, Gloria M. Women Doctors in Gilded-Age Washington: Race, Gender, and Professionalism. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
  • Morantz-Sanchez, Regina Markell, Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
  • Morantz-Sanchez, Regina Markell. Conduct Unbecoming a Woman: Medicine on Trial in Turn-of-the-Century Brooklyn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Morantz-Sanchez, Regina Markell, Cynthia Stodola Pomerleau and Carol Hanson Finichel, eds. In Her Own Words: Oral Histories of Women Physicians. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982.
  • More, Ellen S. Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.
  • More, Ellen S., Elizabeth Fee, and Manon Parry. Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press: 2008.
  • More, Ellen S., Maureen A. Milligan, ed., The Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994.
  • Notable American Women 1607-1950. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Notable American Women: The Modern Period.Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1980.
  • Peitzman, Stephen J. A New and Untried Course: Women's Medical College and Medical College of Pennsylvania 1850-1998. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
  • Perrone, Bobette, and H. Henrietta Stockel and Victoria Krueger. Medicine, Curanderas, and Women Doctors. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.
  • Remen, Rachel Naomi. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.
  • Remen, Rachel Naomi. My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strenth, Refuge and Belonging. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.
  • Sicherman, Barbara. Alice Hamilton, A Life in Letters. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.
  • Smith, Susan L. Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
  • Stepansky, Paul E. compiler & ed. The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler. New York: Free Press, 1988; London: Collier Macmillan, 1988.
  • Tong, Benson. Susan LaFlesche Picotte: Omaha Indian Leader and Reformer. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
  • Truax, Rhoda. The Doctors Jacobi. Boston: Little, Brown, 1952.
  • Vietor, Agnes C, ed. A Woman's Quest: The Life of Marie E. Zakrzewska, M.D. New York: Arno Press, 1972.
  • Walsh, Mary Roth. "Doctors Wanted: No Women Need Apply": Sexual Barriers in the Medical Profession, 1835-1975. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977.
  • Wear, Delese, ed. Women in Medical Education: An Anthology of Experience. New York: State University of New York Press, 1996.
  • Wells, Susan. Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth-Century Women Physicians and the Writing of Medicine. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 2001.