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This side of doctoring : reflections from women in medicine
Chin, Eliza Lo.
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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [2002]

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xxx, 394 pages ; 23 cm
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This Side of Doctoring: Reflections for Women in Medicine offers up an intimate collection of stories, poems, essays, and quotations that captures the joy and heartbreak of being women and being a physician. Editor Eliza Lo Chin (MD, Harvard Medical School) has gathered more than 100 voices that speak to the trials, rewards, and surprises of practicing medicine. Beginning with the writings of early medical pioneers, the anthology weaves a rich patchwork of experiences.

Raw and honest, This Side of Doctoring acquaints us with worlds we could otherwise only imagine. Throughout these pages you′ll find the expressions of courage, doubt, fatigue, perseverance, frustration, and triumph that make up the lives of women physicians. These are the stories of choosing a life in medicine and the many roadmaps that women follow in living that life.

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Eliza Lo Chin is a general internist and a Visiting Scholar with the Women's Leadership Institute at Mills College, California

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Any woman contemplating a career as a physician or already working in the profession will gain a good deal of insight from this collection of personal essays and poems by female physicians over the last century and a half. Organized into categories such as "Internship and Residency," "Mothering and Doctoring," and "Barriers," the anthology presents feminine and feminist perspectives on all aspects of a medical career. Most of the pieces are contemporary and previously unpublished, solicited by Chin, an internist and former Columbia University medical professor. In her essay "We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Men as Medical Mentors," pediatrician and author (Her Own Medicine) Sayantani DasGupta describes how her search for a "female" professional mentor turned up a vital male role model instead. Psychiatrist Bhuvana Chandra's evocative poem recalls how much it meant to her father that she became a doctor. Several pieces deal with reconciling the commitment to patients with the commitment to family life, such as Molly Carnes's down-to-earth "Balancing Family and Career: Advice from the Trenches." Chin also provides a historical overview of the barriers that faced 19th-century women physicians like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from an American medical school, and Harriet Hunt, whose recollections are among the archival pieces featured in the anthology. This is an engaging and frequently inspiring collection. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

ForewordJanet Bickel
IntroductionEliza Lo Chin
1 Historical PerspectiveEliza Lo Chin
2 Early Pioneers
Glances and GlimpsesHarriet Hunt
Letters from Elizabeth BlackwellElizabeth Blackwell
In the Words of Mary Putnam JacobiMary Putnam Jacobi
The FortressElizabeth Garrett Anderson
Some of My Life ExperiencesBethenia A. Owens-Adair
From More Than Gold in CaliforniaMary Bennett Ritter
From Mine Eyes Have SeenAlfreda Withington
Petticoat SurgeonBertha Van Hoosen
From A Child Went ForthHelen MacKnight Doyle
Fighting for LifeS. Josephine Baker
From Bowery to BellevueEmily Dunning Barringer
A Woven FabricMary Canaga Rowland
Woman at the GateGulli Lindh Muller
A Woman Doctor Looks at Love and LifeMarion Hilliard
The Antique Roadshow of a 90-Year-OldJuliana Swiney
Sound InvestmentsGertrude Russack Sobel
The First Women at H.M.S.Doris Rubin Bennett
I Will Not Pass AwayMildred Fay Jefferson
The Beginnings of Women's Health AdvocacyLila A. Wallis
From Chivalry and Off-Color Jokes to Acceptance and RespectMarianne Wolff
Medicine and MotherhoodMarilyn Heins
Medical InternshipGrace Foege Holmes
3 The Formative Years
A Youthful EncounterAnn Klompus Lanzerotti
From Kitchen Table WisdomRachel Naomi Remen
Anatomy LessonRebecca Tennant
Cold HandsJennifer Hyde
Here Is What I LearnedAlison Moll
JaneAmbur L. Economou
CircumstanceRenda Soylemez
From the Deccan PlateauTeena Shetty
Song of the Dying OvaSayantani DasGupta
How I'll Become a Good PhysicianAmy L. Dryer
A GiftMichelle Monje
Thirtysomething Meets ERLori Gottlieb
FrecklesJennifer Best
Summers With My AuntRenda Soylemez
The Discovery ClinicMelanie M. Watkins
4 Life in the Trenches: Internship and Residency
Unknown AlphaLori E. Summers
BirthdayMelissa Fischer
How I Survived ResidencyNassim Assefi
Necessary JourneysNancy L. Snyderman
Post-CallSheri Ann Hunt
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Men as Medical MentorsSayantani DasGupta
Whine ListPerri Klass
The Only Night I CriedSondra Vazirani
A Long RoadElsa Raskin
A Time for Change: Innovative Pathways for Residency TrainingElizabeth A. Rider
Lamentation of the Female AcademicianMelissa A. Parisi
But I Do CareJoan Stroud
5 On Doctoring
In Between Before and AfterKatherine Uraneck
HeartsickJulia E. McMurray
My Patient, the Doctor, and MeGayatri Devi
Heart DoctorStephanie Nagy-Agren
Common GroundDanielle Ofri
DawnKathleen Franco
Life ForceRachel Naomi Remen
A Doctor Alone With Her DecisionL. Hawes Clever
Through the Eyes of a PhysicianPreetha Basaviah
Why You Came to MeAnju Goel
GenerationsEmily R. Transue
Finding Beauty in AnnieTeresa Clabots
A Visit to the DoctorDeborah Young Bradshaw
Job DescriptionKatherine Uraneck
6 Mothering and Doctoring
Mutual BenefitsRebekah Wang-Cheng
Doctor's DaughterJulia E. McMurray
Conversation HeartsJanice E. Daugherty
Monday MorningA. Shafer
"mommydoc"D. Miller
A Mother's PrayerS. Crosby
On Being a Medical MomC. Leichman
Tsunami BabyK. Dong
A Patient's WifeRuth Cohen
The Transition GameBonnie Salomon
Interview for Clinician-Educator PositionStephanie Nagy-Agren
SpiderlingsDugan Wiess Maddux
Teeter-TotterMarcia Quereau McCrae
Breast-Feeding: Straddling the Fence Between Work and HomeRebecca J. Kurth
A ReminiscencePatricia Collins Temple
The Second RoadEliza Lo Chin
Patients as Patron SaintsAlison Moll
Mother's DayNalini Juthani
"To Love and to Work"Nancy B. Kaltreider
BalanceCynthia J. Kapphahn
Numbing DownRebecca Tennant
Maternity and MedicineAnne E. Bernstein
Parenting Without PregnancyToby Jacobowitz
Body SnatcherLiza Sharpless Bonanno
Redefining MotherhoodKaren P. Alexander
Taking Children SeriouslyJessica Schorr Saxe
7 Making Choices
Finding the Balance Point Between Overdrive and the Mommy TrackMary Lou Schmidt
Between Lawn CutsAnne Armstrong-Coben
Not Having ChildrenRita Charon
Missed OpportunitiesBarbara Cammer Paris
Taking StockKathy Kirkland
Life ChoicesKathleen Dong
Composing a Life in MedicineJoyce Rico
On Packing for the Information SuperhighwayCynthia Rasch
Thoughts on Time ManagementVeronica Piziak
8 Barriers
Glass CeilingBhuvana Chandra
Why Don't You Quit?Nancy B. Kaltreider
Woman in Orthopedic Surgery StoriesMary Williams Clark
Life in the Boys' ClubRoberta E. Sonnino
ProfessionalismRosa E. Cuenca
The Feminization of American MedicineKathryn Ko
An Interview TalePriya Krishna
Not Easy to PleaseWoman's Medical Journal
On Reaching VisibleSusan K. Schultz
Triple JeopardyLivia Shang-yu Wan
A Minority PerspectiveBeverly M. Gaines
My Path Through Medical SchoolBarbara K. Pawley
The Life of Women in MedicineBarbara R. Sommer
LeaveGrace H. Elta
Emotional Conflicts of the Career WomanAlexandra Symonds
Kath's GraduationKathryn A. Carolin
An American ExperienceDorina Rose Abdulah
A Warm GestureName Withheld
A Lesbian Voice: What Does It Mean to Be a "Dyke Doctor"?Patricia A. Robertson
9 Connections
The Doctor in the FamilyMarie F. Johnson
Tobacco, Tulips, and Terminal CareMaryella Desak Sirmon
The Friendship of WomenMarjorie Spurrier Sirridge
A Doctor in the FamilyBhuvana Chandra
The Two-Casserole TestLinda Hawes Clever
The CafeteriaLou Elizabeth Mac Manus
Memories of Our MotherDiane F. Merritt
10 Balancing
August 1994: Letter to My StudentBeth Alexander
Balancing, Juggling, and Other FeatsDonna L. Parker
Juggling the Personal and Professional LifeMarcia Angell
Workday Mornings-Three WeeksStephanie Nagy-Agren
Where Is the Self?Gayle Shore Moyer
The Multitude of Little ThingsDorothy V. Whipple
Is It Worth It?Nancy B. Kaltreider
Can It Be Done?Mary Lou Schmidt
A Few Thoughts on Part-time Faculty: The Push for the Summit and the Long Climb DownCharlotte Heidenreich
Centered in the Deep ConnectionsLucy M. Candib
An Independent ScientistLinda Ganzini
How to Do It All at OnceTeresa Clabots
Late LunchMary Williams Clark
Balancing Family and Career: Advice From the TrenchesMolly Carnes
One Page at a TimeAudrey Shafer
To RachelJoan C. Lo
Pregnancy and the Professional WomanAmy A. Tyson
The Changing Role of Physicians as Working MothersMarian Korteling Levai
Reflections on BalanceJennifer R. Niebyl
Notes From a Personal JourneySilvia Wybert Olarte
11 Our Families' PerspectivesJelly - Dr. W
From Balm in Gilead: Journey of a HealerSara Lawrence Lightfoot
Our Medical MarriageRichard M. Berlin
From Her Infinite VarietyA Lawyer
What's a Mother For?Blaise Levai
Life With Mother, the M.D.Cynthia Magowan
What We Have Fashioned TogetherTheodore Nadelson and Leon Eisenberg
I Remember as a ChildMary Cogan Bromage
Renuka GeraLori Gera
12 Reflections
The Feminization of MedicinePerri Klass
Double HelixAngelee Deodhar
Identity CrisisAnne Lipton
A Personal JourneyGraciela S. Alarcón
My Experience as a Woman in MedicineFlorence H. Sheehan
Scopes, Hopes and Learning the RopesChristina M. Surawicz
Defining OurselvesCarol Merchant
Looking GoodMartha Stitelman
What It's Been LikeKathryn D. Anderson
Reminiscences of My Medical CareerMichelle Palmieri Warren
Enjoying the MomentCatherine Chang
Navigating the Maze of Academic MedicineJoAnn Elisabeth Manson
From Teacher to Psychiatrist With FamilyLeah J. Dickstein
Generation to Generation: Mother-Daughter PhysiciansDiane K. Shrier and Lydia A. Shrier
AfterwordEliza Lo Chin
Resources for Women in Medicine
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