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For fans of Hidden Figures and Radium Girls comes the remarkable story of three Victorian women who broke down barriers in the medical field to become the first women doctors, revolutionizing the way women receive health care.  

In the early 1900s, women were dying in large numbers from treatable diseases because they avoided receiving medical care. Examinations performed by male doctors were often demeaning and even painful. In addition, women faced stigma from illness—a diagnosis could greatly limit their ability to find husbands, jobs or be received in polite society.

Motivated by personal loss and frustration over inadequate medical care, Elizabeth Blackwell, Lizzie Garret Anderson and Sophie Jex-Blake fought for a woman's place in the male-dominated medical field. For the first time ever, Women in White Coats tells the complete history of these three pioneering women who, despite countless obstacles, earned medical degrees and paved the way for other women to do the same. Though very different in personality and circumstance, together these women built women-run hospitals and teaching colleges—creating for the first time medical care for women by women.

With gripping storytelling based on extensive research and access to archival documents, Women in White Coats tells the courageous history these women made by becoming doctors, detailing the boundaries they broke in gender and science to reshape how we receive medical care today.

©2021 Olivia Campbell (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Three courageous women you’ll be cheering on.

I loved this book! I learned so many things about medical thinking in the Victorian era in general but the lasting flavor of the book for me is the gratitude I have for the efforts and contributions of the three pioneers of women’s struggle for inclusion and recognition in the medical field. The book is beautifully written and engrossing from beginning to end.

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you’ve indeed “come a long way,baby” through a tedious journey to success!

Even in 2021, when the majority of medical students are now women, this book should be inspirational to the new generations to follow. All health care persons NEED TO KNOW the shoulders upon which they stand. The struggles to balance career, parenting, coupling remain daunting to be sure, but women’s contributions remain crucial to provide comprehensive CARE to all societal needs.

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a very interesting book about how women fought their way to being trained to be a dr.. they started in England and no university or hospital would train them . So they started their own classes and clinics.

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On Going

The oppression by those with power and authority is not limited The perseverance sacrifice and determination of the oppressed does not end with victory but continues for eternity.
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Not fast paced or exiting.....but Very informative

I love learning medical history so this was a good listen. I learned a great deal but there was no psazz.