Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Second Edition)

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Second Edition)

by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, first published by the Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies.

As we watch another agonizing attempt to shift the future of healthcare in the United States, we are reminded of the longevity of this crisis, and how firmly entrenched we are in a system that doesn't work.

They build on their classic exposé on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine. This quick history brings us up-to-date, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and modern-day witches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558616615
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Contemporary Classics Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 83,826
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. She has written nearly twenty books, and has been a columnist for Time magazine and the New York Times. She has contributed to The Progressive, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and Salon.com.

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.

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Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Setting aside considerations about nursing history, for me the real value of this is to provide hard-to-find historical background on this aspect of women's history. So much nonsense is floating around (and published) about witchcraft, both pro and con, that we are fortunate that this basic work is still available to us. Highly recommended to anyone interested in women's history - as well as in going beyond wishful thinking and fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been using the material in this little book for years in parent education workshops. Audiences find many of its facts meaningful in understanding how the role of women in medicine has evolved over centuries.
quantumbutterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit surprised at this book being less than 60 pages. However it did pack a lot of information in those pages. I would like to see an expanded version of this book published, especially with further discussion of the impact of the Malleus Maleficarum on the treatment of women through the centuries.
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