Witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers. Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich 2019-02-07

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English 1973

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

Nightingale and her immediate disciples left nursing with the indelible stamp of their own class biases. But with the development of scientific medicine, and the modern medical profession, the two functions were split irrevocably. I have never stopped to consider that the nursing profession is a way of oppressing women and keeping them locked into the mother I am a fan of Barbara Ehrenreich's work as well as a fan of midwifery, and so it was with great interest that I picked up this pamphlet. The inventors of nursing saw it as a natural vocation for women, second only to motherhood. Although Ehrenreich and English acknowledge, in the foreword, some weaknesses and inaccuracies in their original analysis--likely inevitable given the extremely limited scholarship available at the time--overall they say they are surprised at how well the analysis has held up over the ensuing decades. But there was a double standard at work, for the Church was not against medical care for the upper class.

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Witches, midwives and nurses: a history of women healers

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

By the turn of the century, medicine here was closed to all but a tiny minority of necessarily tough and well-heeled women. In fact, there is evidence that women accused of being witches did meet locally in small groups and that these groups came together in crowds of hundreds or thousands on festival days. Not that serious academic training would have helped much anyway β€” there was no body of medical science to be trained in. Medicine had become a white, male, middle class occupation But it was more than an occupation. Is this because the Popular Health Movement naturally attracted dissidents of all kinds, or was there some deeper identity of purpose? It's quite short, more of a pamphlet than a book, really.

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Witches, Nurses and Midwives

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

Nurses are systematically kept out of large bodies of medical knowledge, held back through not being able to afford the time or the continuing formal education. . The old lay healers of an earlier time had combined both functions, and were valued for both. However, I was surprised at the authors' conclusions on the nursing profession at present. While there are similarities in the experience of living with sickle cell disease and living with other chronic illnesses, there are essential differences in relationship dynamics and healthcare experience.

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

Woman had found her place in the health system. In the American past, women who sought formal medical training were too ready to accept the professionalism that went with it. The homunculus is not really safe, however, until it reaches male hands again, when a priest baptises it, ensuring the salvation of its immortal soul. So the obvious solution for a truly public-spirited obstetrical profession would have been to make the appropriate preventive techniques known and available to the mass of midwives. Amazingly timely, considering it was written quite a while ago - unfortunately. Holistic medicine rejects not so much a certain social role, I will argue, as a certain metaphysics. The authors highlight current research that is intersectional, international and path-breaking.

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

We should build shared concerns: Consumers aware of 42 women's needs as workers, workers in touch with women's needs as consumers. Further research is clearly necessary on my part. So went their lurid speculations. For example, midwives not only presided at the delivery, but lived in until the new mother was ready to resume care of her children. Feminized work may just as well be defined as work that is unappreciated, assured, expected, and taken for granted. Besides, an occupational group doesn't gain a professional monopoly on the basis of technical superiority alone.

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Witches, Midwives & Nurses

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

It was an interesting look into social attitudes surrounding women's health and women as doctors. We highlight the influence of biomedicine as a dominant birth discourse and explore current medical knowledge about epidural analgesia, exposing some of the assumptions behind evidence-based medicine and technology use. Am J Phys Anthropol 159:S150-S171, 2016. Institutional sexism is sustained by a class system which supports male power. Anthropologists are scientific storytellers who must acknowledge the power in the stories they are telling and work to identify the evidence that supports or refutes each narrative, rethinking them when necessary. The health movement was concerned with women's rights in general, and the women's movement was particularly concerned with health and with women's access to medical training.

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers β€” Catland

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

I definitely had an idea of what to expect, which was admittedly not this. Supported by biomedical discourses, it was cited as the definitive reason for difficulties in human birth. With few exceptions, the universities were closed to women even to upper class women who could afford them , and licensing laws were established to prohibit all but university-trained doctors from practice. How does a particular group gain full professional status? Today, however, health care is the property of male professionals. Women workers, paid and unpaid, need to be involved and lead the way to gender justice within a social movement. Browse through zines, books, and other printable items by using the.

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

Lastly, nurses… I disagree with some of the authors interpretation of the profession of nurse as a means of enforcing upper class ideas of ladyhood on working class women, putting them in the role of subservience to male doctors that mirrored domestic subservience to a male patriarch. Book is in Used-Good condition. I stumbled across this title online, and, given my interests and reading habits, I was definitely interested right away. In locale and timing, the most virulent witch hunts were associated with periods of great social upheaval shaking feudalism at its roots β€” mass peasant uprisings and conspiracies, the beginnings of capitalism, and the rise of Protestantism. After exploring the impact of this focus on occupational altruism for the study of professional power, this chapter outlines how in the latter half of the twentieth century sociologists began to question the altruistic claims by professional groups as well as explore in more critical detail the relationship between professional occupations such as medicine and the modern state.

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Witches, Nurses and Midwives

witches midwives amp nurses a history of women healers

Actually, the Harvard faculty had voted to admit her β€” along with some black male students β€” but the students threatened to riot if they came. I didn't pick it up until about 5 years later when I was doing research on childbirth and picked up For Her Own Good and read the introduction and realized that For Her Own Good is an expanded version of this pamphlet. Nursing provided a very real opportunity outside the home that has created an avenue for economic independence and personal pride for centuries. This means to us that the sexism of the health system is not incidental, not just the reflection of the sexism of society in general or the sexism of individual doctors. How does a particular group gain full professional status? Further research is clearly necessary on my part. For a rather academic text, this is an easy read. Going through reproductive experiences especially pregnancy and childbirth in contemporary Western societies almost inevitably involves interaction with medical practitioners and various medical technologies in institutional context.

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