women in medicine? (21)

Fri, 21 Apr 89 22:50:52 EDT

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 871. Friday, 21 Apr 1989.

Date: 21 April 1989, 13:38:23 EDT

A query for various experts on Humanist, perhaps those
interested in the history of medicine. Are there especially good books
on the use of women in the practice of medicine, as midwives, doctors,
or nurses? I am especially interested in the period 1450-1700, and I
would be interested to know how misogynistic lore of witchcraft, Eve as
Evil, etc., fit together with woman as nurse or healer, in fact,
folklore and even in poetic imagery, with woman as snare or woman as
nest-builder. Obviously a big subject, but has anyone seen it
effectively defined or narrowed? Roy Flannagan