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Woman in the Surgeon's Body

Woman in the Surgeon's Body - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674004078

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ISBN13: 978-0674004078
ISBN10: 0674004078
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Woman in the Surgeon's Body - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674004078

Joan Cassell

ISBN13: 978-0674004078
ISBN10: 0674004078
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Surgery is the most martial and masculine of medical specialties. The combat with death is carried out in the operating room, where the intrepid surgeon challenges the forces of destruction and disease. What, then, if the surgeon is a woman? Anthropologist Joan Cassell enters this closely guarded arena to explore the work and lives of women practicing their craft in what is largely a man's world.

Cassell observed thirty-three surgeons in five North American cities over the course of three years. We follow these women through their grueling days: racing through corridors to make rounds, perform operations, hold office hours, and teach residents. We hear them, in their own words, discuss their training and their relations with patients, nurses, colleagues, husbands, and children.

Do these women differ from their male colleagues? And if so, do such differences affect patient care? The answers Cassell uncovers are as complex and fascinating as the issues she considers. A unique portrait of the day-to-day reality of these remarkable women, The Woman in the Surgeon's Body is an insightful account of how being female influences the way the surgeon is perceived by colleagues, nurses, patients, and superiors--and by herself.




Table of Contents

What's an Anthropologist Doing Studying Surgeons?

Bodies of Difference

Telling Stories

Women Leading

Forging the Iron Surgeon

The Gender of Care

A Greedy Institution

A Worst-Case Scenario

Surgeons in This Day and Age

Notes

References

Index





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