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Petticoat Surgeon

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Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen was one of the pioneer women in American medicine. When she announced that she wanted to become a surgeon, her parents did not approve and wouldn't fund her schooling. Bertha worked odd jobs to earn money for her education. In 1888, she graduated with a degree in medicine and began her illustrious career as an obstetrician, gynecologist, surgeon, teac ...more
Published January 1st 1980 by Arno Press (first published 1947)
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Dawn Dorsey
Nov 26, 2015 Dawn Dorsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a surprise, a fascinating autobiography of Bertha van Hoosen, born during the Civil War, who grew up to be a pioneering medical woman, physician, surgeon, organizer, and professor. After an idyllic childhood growing up on the family farm with a loving family, she disappointed her parents by wanting to study medicine, a decidedly unfeminine profession, so that they refused to pay for her medical training. Undeterred, Bertha worked her way a through medical school, beginning a habit ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Abby rated it really liked it
Recommended to Abby by: Lovley Ruth!
A wonderful autobiography of one of the fist women surgeons of the midwest. Detailed and honest- a neat look back. Also fun that I have visited her family's historical farm in Michigan. Thanks to Ruth for the grat book.
Jun 01, 2007 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Anyone from my hometown of Rochester, MI knows about Bertha Van Hoosen, one of the first female surgeons of the Midwest. I have always loved this part of hometown history and the Van Hoosen family, so it was fascinating to read about her life in her own words.
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Lots of history of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and the late 19th/early 20th century. Medicine, women's rights, farming are all part of her life.
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