With the clock ticking down to the arrival of the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians (in Portland June 2008), I wanted to let local users know about four more titles just received here at the OHSU Library in support of the exhibit theme:
General studies on women in science and medicine:
Athena unbound: the advancement of women in science and technology by Henry Etzkowitz and others (2000)
The authors approach science as social culture and discuss the "hidden barriers, subtle exclusions and unwritten rules of the scientific workplace" that work against women's advancement.
Women scientists in America: before affirmative action, 1940-1972 by Margaret W. Rossiter (1995)
This volume follows up on Rossiter's 1982 study that analyzed "struggles and strategies to 1940." Perhaps some first-hand information on advances since 1972 will be forthcoming in the panel discussion planned as part of the exhibit festivities.
Biographies of individual women:
The midwife's tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1991)
Winner of numerous prizes, this study of the life and career of the 18th-century midwife Martha Ballard sheds light on the both the medical landscape and medical practices in early America.
Science has no sex: the life of Marie Zakrzewska, M.D. by Arleen Marcia Tuchman (2006)
My personal favorite, simply because Zakrzewska was my paternal grandmother's maiden name. The author notes in her introduction: "Zakrzewska's name, which her contemporaries found unpronounceable and which the series' producers noticeably misspelled, has now been all but forgotten." But beyond that (!), the book is a wonderful study of this pioneering female physician.
Bonus information for those who have read this far:
The online component of the new exhibit, One of the Best of a Rare Breed: Melvin Paul Judkins, a pioneer in coronary arteriography is now available on our exhibits page. As always, past exhibits can still be experienced virtually by following the link to the Previous Exhibits Index. Enjoy!