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Hippocrates' Handmaidens: Women Married to Physicians

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Nitzberg Esther M.. . 401 pages. New York: : Harrington Park Press; ; 1991.. $24.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(10):880. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-10-880_1
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The medical marriage has been the subject of numerous articles and books over the last 20 years. Esther Nitzberg brings to the subject the unique perspective of being not only a physician's wife but also a clinical counselor and stress reduction therapist. The book is, in part, autobiographical, but it is also based on the author's interviews of 125 physicians' wives and on her personal observations. In Part I, the author defines the special nature of the physician's wife in chapters such as "Self-Esteem and Identity Anxiety, Once a Doctor's Wife, Always?," "Waiting and Accommodating: He Should Be Home Soon!,"


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