Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 112 pages
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As we watch another agonizing attempt to shift the future of health care in the United States, we are reminded of the longevity of this crisis, and how firmly entrenched we are in a system that doesn't work.

"Witches, Midwives, and Nurses," first published by The Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic expose on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine. This quick history brings us up-to-date, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and modern-day witches.

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Nickel and Dimed" and "Bait and Switch," and, most recently, "This Land is Their Land."

Deirdre English, the former editor of "Mother Jones," is a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley."


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Review: Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

User Review  - Oriyah Nitkin - Goodreads

Although I'm pretty well-versed in the history of obstetric care in the US, this pamphlet gave somewhat of a broader societal context and analysis of how this came to be. It's amazing to see how far ... Read full review

Review: Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

User Review  - Peggy - Goodreads

This book is a MUST READ for everyone in the birthing/nursing/doula/midwife community. I met B. Ehrenreich at a book signing for Nickle and Dimed, and I brought my old battered copy of Witches ... Read full review


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Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. She has written nearly twenty books, and has been a columnist for Time magazine and the New York Times. She has contributed to The Progressive, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and Salon.com.

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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