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October 9, 1987

The Evolution of a Psychiatrist: Memoirs of a Woman Doctor

Author Affiliations

Center for Forensic Psychiatry Ann Arbor, Mich

Center for Forensic Psychiatry Ann Arbor, Mich

JAMA. 1987;258(14):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400140133047

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Dr Parker dedicates this autobiographical volume to Otto (Dr Otto Will), her second husband, "who insisted that I tell my story." I personally am glad that Dr Will did insist. Dr Parker introduces her story by saying,

This is the story of a troubled girl from a troubled family who by slow and painful steps became a woman, a doctor, a psychiatrist, and a psychoanalyst. She began life three-quarters of a century ago and grew up within a small segment of upper middle-class American society—the subculture whose customs and mores were as different from other American subcultures as were those of the Zulus.

Her world no longer exists anywhere. Dr Parker's book is divided into two parts. In the first part, she describes her childhood, adolescence, early and late adulthood, and her relationships with her family and friends, her fellow professionals, and her husbands. In the second, she shares with