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Books, Journals, New Media
October 18, 2000

GynecologyFrom Midwives to Medicine: The Birth of American Gynecology

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(15):1987-1988. doi:10.1001/jama.284.15.1987-JBK1018-3-1

The title of Deborah Kuhn McGregor's From Midwives to Medicine is somewhat misleading. As she explains in the first few chapters and elucidates throughout, her book is really about its subtitle subject, the birth of US gynecology, and the central role played by J. Marion Sims, MD, and the Women's Hospital of New York City. As McGregor, an associate professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield explains, "in the nineteenth century, race, class, and sex were the key categories for understanding sickness and medicine."

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