July 14, 1978

Women in Medicine: A Bibliography of the Literature on Women Physicians

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Madison


edited by Sandra L. Chaff et al, 1,124 pp, $35, Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1977.

JAMA. 1978;240(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290020071033

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This annotated bibliography of more than 4,000 citations from the published literature about female physicians is an extraordinary volume. It comes at an important time because of recent interest in the subject of women in medicine and will serve as a useful guide to anyone— physician, historian, or general reader—who wishes to learn more about female physicians. It catalogues historical and current material about the lives of specific women, their career patterns, and institutions with which they have affiliated. Fourteen general subject categories organize the citations into topics such as the history of women in medicine, biographies, medical education, and psychosocial factors. In addition to the general topic organization of the book, entries are divided by geography and are indexed by personal name, author, and subject. Researchers are thus aided in finding entries through four modes of access.

The annotations themselves vary in length from one sentence to more than