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ERIC Number: ED171171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Women Physicians, Coeducation and the Struggle for Professional Standards in 19th Century Medical Education.
Morantz, Regina Markell
Orthodox medical education for women in the nineteenth century is examined to determine to what extent women's actual experience reflected their stated goals. It is contended that although women successfully founded some medical schools providing creditable, and in some cases outstanding, training to females, women physicians' ambivalence about the rewards of separate education and the role of the woman physician led them to abandon support for these schools at a time when their existence was still crucial to the success of the entrance of women into the medical profession. On the one hand, female medical educators strove to make women physicians as professional as possible, demanding that students comply with, if not surpass the highest standards of excellence for men. On the other hand, they sought to preserve for women a special role in medicine, hoping to channel their intellectual energies into service appropriate to Victorian concepts of woman's sphere. Although successful in the narrow sense, the movement to educate women in medicine in the nineteenth century failed to change timeworn beliefs about the role of women in the profession. (SW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A