Women Under the Knife: A History of Surgery

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Routledge, 1991 - History - 289 pages
In the nineteenth century, major developments in internal surgery were due to operations on ovaries. Women bore the brunt of surgical experimentation and also reaped its rewards. Their need was great, but so was their compliance. From the first operation in America in 1809, much suffering was relieved at the expense of prolonged surgery endured by both black slaves and prosperous whites. Later, in the Victorian era, many surgeons looked at certain types of behavior as reasons for mutilating operations. Such procedures as "spaying" and clitoridectomies were performed to "cure" hysteria and masturbation, as well as questionable interventionalist surgery in pregnancy and childbirth which still continue today.

Women Under the Knifeis an extraordinary history, giving a vivid picture--medical, literary, and sociological--of Victorian society in America and Europe.

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Book received from NetGalley. This book goes into how women have been treated historically by doctors. The start of medical science treating women's illness as hysteria and imagination. It shows how ... Read full review

WOMEN UNDER THE KNIFE: A History of Surgery

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British psychiatrist Dally (Understanding, 1979, etc.) offers a refreshingly evenhanded history of the development of gynecological science in the 19th and 20th centuries—a process, she says, that ... Read full review



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Dr. Ann Dally read Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford, and was one of the first women to study medicine at St. Thomas's Hospital, London. She is married with children and grandchildren, and divides her time between West Sussex and London.

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