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January 2, 1987

Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine

Author Affiliations

Tulane University School of Medicine New Orleans

Tulane University School of Medicine New Orleans


by Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez, 464 pp, $24.95, New York, Oxford University Press Inc, 1985.

JAMA. 1987;257(1):86. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010090038

Sympathy and Science:  Women Physicians in American Medicine is an impressive historical feat in which the themes of the "history of women" (as the women's movement might be called), the history of medicine itself, and the history of women in American medicine are skillfully woven.In essence, the book is about the broad issue of the connection of women to public life and their right to be so connected. The positions of women in medicine vis-à-vis the women's movement are unique. Woman's role in nature as the bearer and nurturer of infants, her distinctive physiology and stature, and the skills in domesticity and decor that are imputed to her (whether they result from heredity or programming) have all been cited at times by women in support of their right to medical education on an equal basis with men, and occasionally by men to keep women out. Thus, the various ways