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by Barbara Ehrenreich

Category: New Age and Spirituality
Subcategory: Religious books
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN: 0904613240
ISBN13: 978-0904613247
Language: English
Publisher: Writers and Readers (December 1976)
Pages: 48
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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses A History of Women Healers .

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses A History of Women Healers. Source: The Memory Hole; First Published: in 1973 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. For three centuries this sadistic book lay on the bench of every judge, every witch-hunter. Witch-healers were often the only general medical practitioners for a people who had no doctors and no hospitals and who were bitterly afflicted with poverty and disease.

Witches, Midwives and Nurses book. Does it contain an excellent history of how healing women (who once acted as midwives, yes, but as general healers as well) were first diminished by being deemed witches and then shunted into the supporting role of nurse? Yes, as well.

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

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, M. The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and Salon.

The suppression of women healers.

The rise of the european medical profession. The suppression of women healers. Women and the Rise of the American Medical Profession. Sometimes, in conventional histories of American medicine, we found tantalizing references to a time when women predominated as healers-but only as an indication of how primitive American medicine had been before the rise of the modern medical profession.

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Get books you want First published in 1978, this classic history, now revised and updated, brilliantly .

Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. First published in 1978, this classic history, now revised and updated, brilliantly exposes the constraints imposed on women in the name of science. by Barbara Ehrenreich · Deirdre English.

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (with Deirdre English) (1972). Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the release of her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women (with Deirdre English) (1978). This led to the award-winning article "Welcome to Cancerland," published in the November 2001 issue of Harper's Magazine

See contact information and details about Barbara Ehrenreich. Barbara Ehrenreich is an American feminist, socialist and political activist

See contact information and details about Barbara Ehrenreich. Barbara Ehrenreich is an American feminist, socialist and political activist.

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. Systematic positive thinking began, in the nineteenth century, among a diverse and fascinating collection of philosophers, mystics, lay healers, and middle-class women. with Deirdre English).

8.5"x5.5" Paperback The Feminist Press 1973
Comments to eBook Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
RuTGamer
I am torn between giving this a 4 or a 5 - in a way I would consider this work to be an essay opposed to a "book". What I thought was fascinating:

First - the background of the authors (!). Apparently they brought women's studies to women in the 1960's via these pamphlets and talks given in libraries, etc.(never heard of this movement - I really must applaud them.) That alone shows just how far women have come since the 1960's, and is frightening when truly considered. As recently as that point in time, women's bodies had become a foreign territory to be deciphered by the medical establishment regarding fertility, reproduction and functionality. That is really what this book is about as an overview...

The starting point of this book maps out how the medical profession began with women in the very primary role as natural healers (witches. Over time the natural healers began to get pushed to the side by men (or the establishment)- practitioners who took the more "scientific approach" of blood-letting and leaches. I know who I would rather go to!!! Also, the book/essay touches upon some of the select few women who did attend medical school. Those select women (although ostracized by their male counterparts) quickly joined "the ranks" of a fairly closed-door society of the medical "elite". Midwives (once again a very necessary and useful service) were then seen as a threat and marginalized, is not made illegal. Until the mid to late 1800's Medical practices and standards were up for debate - and the way the book portrays the chronology points to money closing ranks, pulling together to protect the privileged (capitalism) to the exclusion of others - often the poor but bright, midwives, people of color etc. I agree with the premise that even today money controls, while values and beneficial practices can suffer.

In short - Witches Midwives & Nurses got me thinking. Now that I have written this review - I am giving it a 5 star rating. Literature that introduces new ideas or provides thought-provoking accounts serves it purpose well.
Meztisho
Though the authors include an updated introduction to the book,I wish they had discussed how the nursing profession has evolved since the feminist movement of the 1970's, such as the resurgence of midwifery, naturopathy, and nursing as a scientific discipline.
I would also enjoyed more detail about the skills and knowledge of traditional healers.
This book could easily have a second companion volume as well, covering the advanced in nursing and the future of the profession.
It's so easy
LOVE the title, cover, premise, and I appreciate Ehrenreich's work, but this was a silly little outdated 'zine. The authors admit that in the intro. If you're interested in historical earlier feminism perspective, you might like it. It did emphasize how women healers have been squashed by the patriarchy for centuries. I didn't realize how rampant witch hunts were back in the middle ages in Europe. More than one woman a day was burned at the stake in Germany some years! Sometimes their crime was helping the poor! Disgusting.
Qumen
I should have read the reviews and details more, I was expecting the book to be a good weighty book with lots of pages, not some little booklet. Not worth 9.00. A very short read with not enough information.
Nten
This is very much a product of 70's feminism, even though it has been recently updated. It's a small book, but worthwhile for what it is and a book I will keep on my shelf. Nonetheless, a far better inspirational history is "Martha Ballard; Diary of a Midwife."
Ttyr
I just finished time traveling with this book. I had no idea why women were called witches, but now I know that it was a word created to demonize women who are natural healers. Now I see magic in a different light and embrace all women who choose to learn the craft of healing. My eyes are wide open to growth and new possibilities as a women healer. Asè!
Black_Hawk_Down.
This is a perfect feminist retelling of how modern western medicine developed and who it crushed along the way. It outlines an under-discussed pattern of oppression and male dominance in medicine since the Medieval period. Even long before the germ was discovered, universities began to train and license witch hunters to weed out female lay healers and herb women in an effort to encourage patients into the care of their newly licensed doctors. Later on, even female midwifery and the revival of the lay healer in the mid 1800s were squelched by university sanctioned doctors and their propaganda campaigns. Until finally at the turn of the century, the universities were the first to bring news of the newly discovered germ to America, sealing the coffin for women as lay doctors. But, incorrigible as we are, women will always find a way. Florence Nightingale and her contemporaries forged a compromise between women and doctors as the modern nurse. Yet an uncomfortable compromise it remains, as nursing started as and still is an ill-respected and under-payed position, always subservient to the all too common male doctor.
Amazing. I bought it on kindle and I think I'm going to buy a physical copy as well. This book has made me way more interested in medical history and especially the history of women's health. historically speaking, the importance of this little book cannot be overstated in terms of its influence on women's studies.
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