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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; 2nd edition (4 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400078008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400078004
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All us women know what is good for us because men are there spelling it out for us, in the most alarming ways.

I am sure that what we are enjoined to do today will come in for as much derision and suspicion in years to come.

Suit yourselves girls no one knows what is good for us and this book gives you some proof.
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Fascinating and totally engaging. Not sure about all the facts though. This made me wonder: "Osler's subsequent career...culminated in his receiving a baronetcy -- hence the "Sir" -- from Queen Victoria in 1911".
1911?
But overall a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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HASH(0x97bf0ba0) out of 5 stars A real education for women of our time 19 Sept. 2005
By Honyomi-kichigai - Published on Amazon.com
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As a "baby boomer" woman, I really appreciated the chance to look back and review the history leading up to the changes we saw in our generation regarding women's rights and women's choices. It was particularly illuminating to have the transformations I myself experienced since childhood encapsulated in such a clear format; it helped me understand how my own grandmother and mother saw their roles. I enjoyed the authors' pithy and practical writing style.
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HASH(0x97bf0dec) out of 5 stars One take on the medicalization of women 20 April 2008
By Muffie - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a well researched (I spot fact-checked a few of the footnotes) and well written book about the history of the "Woman Question." The "Woman Question" changes over time, but it is a social class centered issue. Ehrenreich and English combine Conflict and Feminist theoretical perspectives without getting technical about it to give a solid backdrop into the history of how the medical and psychiatric/psychological professions came to understand what it means to be a woman and how women are. It takes a very different perspective of the same history we all share than do more traditional perspectives of medical history. People interested in women's issues would find this interesting.
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HASH(0x97bf0db0) out of 5 stars Important historical info 20 Aug. 2012
By Mary Twain - Published on Amazon.com
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The book had tons of interesting historical info on the roles of women and medical practitioners. It was a little too scholarly for beach reading, yet contained fascinating windows into our past. Some sections were repetitive after making a point.

I would hope that young women would read it for perspective on the women's movement and health issues. Those of us in the baby boomer generation experienced discrimination that our daughters don't relate to. We may have "come a long way, baby," yet women still do not have the equality that we should in government, the board room or compensation.
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HASH(0x97bf10c0) out of 5 stars For the Good of Any Reader of History 24 Mar. 2016
By Rabid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book.
First off, the writing is intelligent and often very wryly humorous. It's clear, concise and well-organized. As I read the first bit, I kept thinking: this should be required reading for med students...as I continued on into the parenting sections...the book simply became frightening, as I lived through most of those eras.
One never stops to ponder the timelines of stuff like 'parenting advice from experts' as it progresses or changes through the years, or the 'science' it is or isn't based upon, until it's laid out in front of you end-to-end, revealing patterns. Fascinating.

The concept that it's OK for some members of society--an identifiable sub-group--to be classed as psychologically fragile or practically incapable to the extent of pathology, and therefore useful basically as addenda to their families (read: slaves), is an interesting revelation, to be sure! That this will make many readers think of this as yet another 'feminist rant' is really too bad.

I wouldn't, in truth, class this as a 'feminist' book in any way. It is, instead, a nicely focused, nicely supported social history, not anything different to what you'd see if it were a social history about how deaf people (I am NOT picking on you) or epileptics (NOT picking on you) or white men (NOT picking on you, either) have been seen, (mis)understood and treated by 'experts' of various sorts in the last few centuries.

It's also an interesting history on the scary beginnings of medical care and psychiatry in this country. Well worth reading for that alone.

I hope she continues to write for a long time, finding equally just-under-our-noses patterns and histories. Sometimes, living in a society, we think everything is as it always has been and always will be. It isn't. Kinda like High Schools, right? Not always there....and we forget that.

I'm thankful that some historians don't forget.
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HASH(0x97bf11d4) out of 5 stars An important and informative book 6 Jun. 2014
By jar137 - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book 30 years ago and it still informs my understanding of the medical arts. Well researched and well-written. I highly recommend this book.
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