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Book and Media Reviews
November 12, 2008

When the Personal Was Political: Five Women Doctors Look Back

JAMA. 2008;300(18):2183-2184. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.617

In her book, Martin provides the first social history of the postfeminist generation of women physicians, telling the stories of 5 women who met in the freshman class of the University of California, San Francisco medical school in 1973. Driven by a common ambition and held together by professional obligations, they formed a study group for mutual support and maintained their friendships for 30 years, weathering marriage, motherhood, and managed care. As a woman physician who also graduated from medical school in 1977, I was quite eager to see how these women's experiences matched my own.