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Throughout history women have practiced the art of medicine and healing. Yet they have always faced difficulties in the medical profession--not only have they struggled to gain acceptance from their male colleagues, they have also struggled to find a balance between being a doctor and being a wife and mother.
Here, in This Side of Doctoring Eliza Lo Chin offers a penetrating analysis of what it's like to be a woman in the highly competitive field of medicine. Written over the last century and a half, this collection of personal stories, poems, essays, and quotations reveals the intimate lives of over a hundred female physicians. There are touching testimonies from early 19th-century medical pioneers like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school and Harriet Hunt, who had her own practice that catered to women and children yet was never formally trained, to modern-day medical students and doctors.
Poignant and compelling, these narratives offer insights into the struggles and triumphs of women in medicine. Much like an American quilt, this book is a unique and richly textured patchwork of each woman's extraordinary life and career. This assemblage of so many different voices exemplifies the varied paths that women have created within the medical profession. Together they stand as an enduring tribute to the dedication of all women physicians to both their patients and their families.
"These accounts of doctoring and family concerns are universal enough to transcend gender in relationships with patients and colleagues, balancing work and family, and finding meaning in one's profession.... For those looking for a compendium of experiences that document the lives of a diverse cross-section of women in US medicine, This Side of Doctoring is a fine addition to the literature."--The Journal of the American Medical Association

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"The book is an anthology of heartfelt and honest essays, stories, and poems written by more than 150 women (and a few men), edited by an academic general internist and mother on temporary leave from her medical career. The first chapter recounts the history of women in medicine, beginning with Harriet Hunt and Elizabeth Blackwell. The next chapter anthologizes essays and poems of early pioneers, women who received their medical degrees between the 1850s and 1950s. Subsequent chapter topics follow the chronology of medical training and additional issues, such as mothering, barriers to career success, and family members perspectives.

What a delight to discover so many talented, skilled physician authors! The writing is nuanced, the emotions are genuine, and the delivery is candid. Readers will enjoy discovering works of contributors Sayantani DasGupta, Alison Moll, Danielle Ofri, Audrey Shafer, and others whose body of literature demands attention and celebration. The authors voice multiple aspects of the transition from layperson to physician. The parallels between being a patient and being a physician feelings of loneliness, expressions of dismay over unmet personal needs are striking and ironic. Tales of courage and conviction abound.

A rich-textured assemblage of voices this compendium repeatedly documents persistent double standards and expectations for women physicians compared with their male counterparts despite all the progress since 1850.

To experience this book is to relive the emotions from one s own medical training. It may inspire readers to write about their own experiences of medical life." - ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, July 2002

"One of the many lessons learned from the second wave of feminism in the United States is that women cannot be spoken of as a discreet sociological category. Not all women possess the same qualities by virtue of their biology, which is one among many factorsrace, social class, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and othersthat collectively form a person s identity. Applying this belief to medicine, we came to recognize that no uniform category for female physician existsthat a white, female family doctor in rural Iowa may have some common characteristics with a Latina general surgeon in New York City but that many other aspects of their circumstances diverge, regardless of their shared biology. Thus, any collection of readings on women in medicine faces the difficult task of how to chronicle the wide experiences of women as women in the profession without claiming that an all-inclusive, generalizable category exists. Yet This Side of Doctoring: Reflections From Women in Medicine, Eliza Lo Chin s collection of 140 stories, essays, and poems, succeeds in compiling what Janet Bickel, who writes the foreword, calls a welcome network of like experiences.

The book is divided into 12 sections: Historical Perspectives, Early Pioneers, The Formative Years, Life in the Trenches: Internship and Residency, On Doctoring, Mothering and Doctoring, Making Choices Barriers, Connections, Balancing , Our Families Perspectives, and Reflections. Each section, other than the first, which is written solely by Chin, contains multiple entries that include poetry, anecdotes involving memorable patients, short and pithy observations, and longer reflective essays and stories, often focusing on personal and professional issues. Some are excerpts of previously published longer works by such well-known authors as Rachel Naomi Remen and Perri Klass; most are original pieces.

The book provides several insights for readers seeking new understandings of the lived experiences of women in US medicine. First, many of the entries are surprisingly gender neutral. In fact, if the reader did not know the volume was written entirely by women, she would not have a clue as to whether some of the authors were male or female. These accounts of doctoring and family concerns are universal enough to transcend gender in relationships with patients and colleagues, balancing work and family, and finding meaning in one s profession. One of the best-crafted entries, Audrey Shafer s poem Monday Morning, has to do with the fluid boundaries between home and hospital. In the prelight as she leaves for the hospital, she encounters her three-year-old son just in time for a kiss and hug. Later, as she enjoys the rote motions getting ready in the operating suite,

I try to recall his just awakened warmth In that brief moment before

The patient arrives Naked under hospital issue Ready to sleep.

Of course, some entries arise directly from the experience of being a woman who is also a doctor: breastfeeding while working long hours or sexist remarks from residency interviewers: I hope you don t plan on getting pregnant or the more subtle So you probably want to have at least a few children? However, many of the entries in the Barriers section sound dated: an anecdote from the anatomy lab in the 1960s, accounts by someone in the profession 22 years, another by a physician who had graduated in 1958. Such accounts are historically valuable but offer little new understanding of the more subtle, nuanced barriers confronting women in medicine today.

Bickel closes her foreword with I also read [the book] as Acts 1 and 2 of a drama with tragic, comic, and poetic elements. Act 3 is about to begin. She has captured what the book portrays: snapshots of young, midcareer, and older women in medicine. These snapshots convey the dailiness of being a doctor, a colleague, an academic, sometimes a mother or wife, or deciding whether to be a mother, a dailiness unique to each author, which cannot be generalized. But, as Bickel points out, women in medicine are just the beginning of Act 3, becoming actively involved in the plot, creating personal identities, not merely receiving them from past generations. Kathryn Ko, a neurosurgeon, describes this inherited medical environment, a landscape of a profession whose pulse, until recently, was transfixed by men with women in supporting roles at home, in the office and in the hospital. What will women do with this landscape? Ko does not offer specifics, but she does project that women in medicine are unlikely to travel the road that many of the men took because the steps they left for us are too narrow. Or as Daphne Miller writes, The person (and doctor) that I am expected to be and that I want to be is very different from those older men who taught me. Of course, this is inevitable because I am a young woman and a mom a far cry from Marcus Welby. Gayatri Devi uses the metaphor of gloves to describe the life she has created as a woman in medicine. I tried on many gloves before I found the one that fit. I find I can use the tools of my trade so much the better for it. The fabric of my life is richer for my not fitting into a stereotype and, instead, accentuating those individual characteristics about me that are important for my profession. Like other women in medicine at the beginning of Act 3, Devi has chosen the road less traveled and oh, the difference to me!

For those looking for a critical reader on the social and political dimensions of women in medicine, this is not it. But for those looking for a compendium of experiences that documents the lives of a diverse cross-section of women in US medicine, This Side of Doctoring is a fine addition to the literature." - JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, July 2002

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Eliza Lo Chin is a general internist and former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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