For her own good: 150 years of the experts' advice to women

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Anchor Books, 1979 - Family & Relationships - 369 pages
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e new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.

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It was well-written and seemingly well-researched. - Goodreads
Light reading for intro-feminists. - Goodreads
I also found the writing style to be convoluted. - Goodreads
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Not exactly an 'easy read' but very, very interesting and enlightening on the history of the medical profession's early days in the U.S. as it relates to women's health care.
If one wants to know
how the medical profession shifted from home-grown healers to pedestal-perched exalted doctors, to the level above all other common-folk, this sheds at least a little light on the subject. 

Review: For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women

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Barbara Ehrenreich shows how science and the medical field have repressed women. She makes a compelling argument through academic and literary sources. At times, the links she tries to make seem ... Read full review


TWO Witches Healers and Gentleman Doctors
THREE Science and the Ascent of the Experts
Mystique Medicine and the Big Money Exorcising

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About the author (1979)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War and Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.