Catherine V. Caldicott, MD
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Caldicott C.; This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-2-200207160-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(2):148.
Chin EL, ed. 424 pages. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; 2002. $29.95. ISBN 0761923543. Order phone 800-818-7243.
Field of medicine: Medical education and professional development.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Medical educators and trainees, physicians and their families, and friends and patients.
Purpose: To capture the essence of being a woman physician through largely autobiographical reflections on doctoring and sketches of doctors' personal lives.
Content: The book is an anthology of heartfelt and honest essays, stories, and poems written by more than 150 women (and a few men), edited by an academic general internist and mother on temporary leave from her medical career. The first chapter recounts the history of women in medicine, beginning with Harriet Hunt and Elizabeth Blackwell. The next chapter anthologizes essays and poems of “early pioneers,” women who received their medical degrees between the 1850s and 1950s. Subsequent chapter topics follow the chronology of medical training and additional issues, such as mothering, barriers to career success, and family members' perspectives.
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