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Bold Women of Medicine
Chicago Review Press, 2017
Hardcover ISBN:
978-1613734377
 
 
 
 
Bold Women of Medicine
21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries,
Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs
About the Book
Bold Women of Medicine tells the stories of twenty-one courageous women from the 1800s to the present focused on finding cures, tending the sick and wounded, and healing with science and compassion. With grace and bravery they broke down barriers to enter battlefields and operating rooms.
Readers meet groundbreakers such as Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, who went from the sole female student in her medical school to eventually founding her own hospital, staffed by all women; Mary Carson Breckinridge, the “nurse on horseback” who delivered babies in the Appalachian Mountains, believing that everyone, even the poor and uneducated, deserved good healthcare; and heart surgeon Kathy Magliato, one of the few women trained in heart transplant surgeries.
Packed with photos, informative sidebars, and including source notes and a bibliography, Bold Women of Medicine is an invaluable addition to any student’s or aspiring doctor or nurse’s bookshelf.
Discussion Guide
One Tough Nurse from the Outback,” published on author Mary Cronk Farrell's blog, September 11, 2017
Breaking Barriers: Wonder Woman and the Bold Women of Medicine, a guest post by Susan M. Latta,” Amanda MacGregor, Teen Librarian Toolbox, School Library Journal, September 14, 2017
I have always been a believer in those who fight insurmountable odds. My favorite song as a child was “I Have Confidence” from The Sound of Music. I used to (and still do sometimes), sing it to buck up before a big event. It works, you should try it some time.
The women of medicine knew they were up against the odds. Deep down they had confidence but it was severely challenged when they were jeered, hissed at, or barred from their studies. They carried on and fought for their ideas, their patients, and their love of science and medicine.
A little about the Women of Action series from the Chicago Review Press website:
“Women of Action is a lively, accessible biography series that introduces readers ages 12 through adult to women and girls of courage and conviction throughout the ages. From famous names to those lost to history, from women of the past to those actively breaking new ground today, these dramatic and adventurous rebels and dreamers who built, led, flew, marched, rode, invented, discovered, worked, fought, agitated, and changed our world. Each book includes photographs, source notes, a bibliography, and other resources. Many featuring living women are based on extensive original interviews. A treasure trove of primary source and research material, the Women of Action series is an invaluable addition to any student or history buff's bookshelf.”
 
“If these portraits, spanning two centuries, appear a little scattershot, so was the state of early medical training. Up until 1893, when the brand-new Johns Hopkins Medical School welcomed female applicants (a step that Harvard put off until 1946), the profession was all but shut to women and murky even for men. Formal training was scant: most aspirants shadowed a soi-disant doctor and eventually set out a shingle of their own. The stories start, fittingly, with nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, whose primary task in coping with the Crimean War was to institute—against great odds—basic sanitary measures: under her reign, the mortality rate plummeted from 60 percent to 1 percent. A similar challenge would soon confront Clara Barton, the Civil War’s “Angel of the Battlefield.” It’s a huge leap from there to Dr. Kathy Magliato, who worked her way up from teenage janitor at a nursing home to heart transplant surgeon. The paths to the profession are myriad, and readers with an interest in helping and healing will find plenty of inspiration.”
Booklist
“I love how each biography contains information about the woman's childhood and the life experiences that drew her to a career in medicine. Boys and girls alike will benefit from these short biographies. Students will see connections to their own lives as they read about each woman and see how life’s obstacles can be overcome to succeed. The lives of these maverick women will definitely impact the lives of students inspiring their future!”
DeLene Hoffner, 4th grade teacher, NSTArecommends, National Science Teachers Association
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