Witches, Midwives, and Nurses : A History of Women Healers Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 108 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
- Publication Date: 09/09/2010
- Category: Gender studies: women
- ISBN: 9781558616615
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Review by quantumbutterfly
If you're going to read this book, do yourself a favor and get the second edition. The introduction to this edition does a wonderful job of putting the book in context, as well as admitting where the authors were proven to be wrong with history... as well as right.We take the subject of women's health for granted now. Not too long ago, however, it was a completely taboo subject. And women were perceived to be incapable of understanding and actively contributing to their own health. Where now breast cancer options are part and parcel of treatment, at the time of this book it was normal for a woman to go under for a biopsy and wake with a mastectomy. Ehrenreich and English chronicle some of the history of Western health care, both from the standpoint of what women received as well as what people received depending on social class. Medicine is not merely a matter of making a person well. It's tied in with power, money, social structures, and encouraging the status quo.Because of this book, many women took an active interest in their health and actually learning about their bodies. A worthwhile read on a lot of fronts.