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Book and Media Reviews
November 11, 2009

Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine

JAMA. 2009;302(18):2039-2040. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1651

“In their original form, the essays composing this volume were presented at a symposium called ‘Women Physicians, Women's Politics, Women's Health: Emerging Narratives,’ hosted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in 2005” (p vii). These words begin Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine, edited by Moore, Fee, and Parry. It is their hope that the book, which concentrates on the period spanning the 19th century to the present, will contribute to the ever-increasing body of literature on the history of women physicians. The book would certainly be helpful for medical historians, of course, but also for any person—woman or man—interested in the past, present, and future role of women in medicine. Readers are rewarded with impressive scholarship and exhaustive, essay-specific bibliographies.

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