Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine Review

For fans of Hidden Figures and Radium Girls comes the remarkable story of three Victorian women who broke down barriers in the medical field to become the first women doctors, revolutionizing the way women receive health care.

In the early 1800s, women were dying in large numbers from treatable diseases because they avoided receiving medical care. Examinations performed by male doctors were often demeaning and even painful. In addition, women faced stigma from illness--a diagnosis could greatly limit their ability to find husbands, jobs or be received in polite society.

Motivated by personal loss and frustration over inadequate medical care, Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Sophia Jex-Blake fought for a woman's place in the male-dominated medical field. For the first time ever, Women in White Coats tells the complete history of these three pioneering women who, despite countless obstacles, earned medical degrees and paved the way for other women to do the same. Though very different in personality and circumstance, together these women built women-run hospitals and teaching colleges--creating for the first time medical care for women by women.

With gripping storytelling based on extensive research and access to archival documents, Women in White Coats tells the courageous history these women made by becoming doctors, detailing the boundaries they broke of gender and science to reshape how we receive medical care today.

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  • Steve

    Excellent look at the struggle of the first women doctorsI loved this book. It is written in a conversational tone and I found the book inspirational. Although there is some medical information in the...

  • LibraryCin

    4.25 starsThis is mainly a biography of three of the first women doctors in the mid- to late-19th century, but also a history of the fight for the right of women to become doctors. Elizabeth Blackwell...

  • Alexis

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via Goodreads giveaway.This is an excellent read for anyone looking to gain a perspective on what it was like to be a female seeking a medical degree (or any...

  • Jennifer Schultz

    Read if you: Want a richly told acccount of the intelligent, brave, and determined women who forced open the door for women in medicine. Librarians/booksellers: Women's history continues to be quite p...

  • Lindsey

    Thank you to NetGalley and Park Row for providing me an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest reviewWomen in White Coats tells of the struggles of the first women in America and the UK to obtai...

  • Susan

    Fascinating and engaging. This is the history of three Victorian women and their journey to open the doors to becoming doctors not only for themselves but for women of the future. Many of these women ...

  • Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 6, 2020Publication date: March 2, 2021When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of w...

  • Olivia Campbell

    I think I wrote a good book!...

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    2.5 starsI have mixed feelings about this book, which has a fascinating topic, women breaking into the medical profession in the 19th century U.S. and U.K., but which is not particularly well-written ...

  • Beth

    Well written for the most part, if a bit dense and not flowing well in places. The stories of these women are detailed with both their personal and professional lives, with the former focused mostly o...