0845 474 4572
info@eurospanbookstore.com

In stock: Usually despatched within 24hrs

A New and Untried Course

Woman's Medical College and Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1850-1998

Steven J. Peitzman (author)

ISBN: 9780813528168

Publication Date: Jun 2000

Format: Paperback

Before 1850, the field of medicine was closed to women. In 1850, a group of radical reformist male Quaker physicians founded the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania to offer formal medical training to women. This book explores the lives and the work of those first medical students.
£28.95

In stock: ships within 24hrs

  • Full Description
  • More Information
  • Customer Reviews
Before 1850, the field of medicine was almost completely closed to women. In 1850, a group of radical reformist male Quaker physicians and associates founded the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania to offer formal medical training to women. By the 1890s, under the guidance of a series of pioneering women deans, the school grew into a progressive medical collegem re-named the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMC). This development occurred despite the stubborn and at times near violent opposition of most of the male medical community of Philadelphia. The author describes how WMC survived periods of crisis and instability, making it not only a remarkable experiment in single-sex professional education, but also a rare 19th century case of female-male collaboration in science and medicine. Later in the 20th century, external forces and a wavering sense of purpose led leaders of the school to opt for admitting men to the medical classes and changing the name to Medical College of Pennsylvania. This book explores the lives and the work of the medical students, including African American and Jewish women, who gained admission to WMC by the 1870s.
Illustrations 30 b&w illustrations
Pages 272
Date Published 30 Jun 2000
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Gender studies: women   History of medicine  

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Post your comment

Eurospan Bookstore