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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 ratings  ·  93 reviews
V roce 1881 získává Samantha Hargraveová jako jedna z prvních žen diplom na lékařské fakultě. Je to doba, kdy lidé umírají z nedostatku hygieny, kdy porodní bolesti jsou považovány za boží trest a každý si bez receptu může koupit léky třeba i se smrtícím účinkem. Jako mladá odjíždí Samantha z Londýna do Ameriky, avšak ani tam není společnost o nic osvícenější - a kromě toh ...more
Hardcover, 622 pages
Published January 2002 by Alpress (first published January 1st 1983)
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5. Fascinating story of a girl who, through many struggles, becomes a doctor in the latter half of the 19th century, when medicine was just emerging from its primitiveness. The story takes us from the slums of London, where we meet Samantha, daughter of a zealous Christian preacher, and takes us to New York City, Upstate New York, where she attends medical college, finally to San Francisco, where she opens a charity hospital with the help of her well-heeled friends, and "muckrakes" against p ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Born in London's slums, Samantha Hargrave is determined to become a physician. What stands in her way? The entire medical establishment. Samantha lives in Victorian London, and women are not permitted to enter medical schools.

First apprenticing herself to a pharmacist and then to two different physicians, Samantha eventually finds her way into a medical school and receives her certification. She moves from London to New York, and from there to San Francisco -- where she establishes a hospital fo
5 "An Indomitable Spirit" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration!

Wow, simply wow! If you're looking for something that will truly make you appreciate just how far women and medicine have come, then this incredible story of a female doctor/surgeon pioneer, set in London/New York, and San Francisco and commencing in the late 19th Century, will no doubt touch your heart and humble you. A better argument for the existence of the FDA (the US Food & Drug Administration) which regulates fo
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. I learned of the frustrating dilemma society had in the 1800s. It was considered immoral for a women to learn about human's bodies (thus female doctors were shunned and discouraged), yet modesty kept many women from seeking proper medical help as they would not allow a male doctor to see their bodies. I did find Dr. Hargrave's gain in status (going from having to trick her way into medical school to owning a prosperous, forward-thinking hospital in less than a lifetime) a bit ...more
Deborah Sastroredjo
I read this book to death when I was little. I loved the portayal of a strong woman, reaching her goals and achieving her dreams! Now that I found it again, I will see if I still love it as much.
I read it in dutch though and the cover was much nicer hahaha
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most books lately it took me forever, but it was worth it. I really enjoyed this story; how it told Samantha’s odd but incredible story (that it must be based in truth). I love historical fiction, and this one did not disappoint.

And Mark was just so fine; I should use more formal language to describe his character, but he was just so fine. Realistic, yet interesting enough that I just wanted to see more of him from the beginning.

Also, I have no knowledge in subjects as biology or medicine, so
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this historical move fictionalizing what it would have been like to be a female doctor in the late 1800s. A bit of a soap opera, but super entertaining.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Highly Recommend
Recommended to Zenei by: 5 stars
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Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The topic of this novel fascinated me. It is about a woman determined to become a doctor during the last half of the 1800s. It was incredible the barriers she had to break through and the prejudice she had to face to reach for her goal! It really made me appreciate the freedom I have as a woman today. I didn't have any idea how ignorant people used to be about the workings of the human body, particularly the female body, and the weird things they used to do and think to cure ailments, etc. There ...more
Justin Lambert
Ok, two things: I started reading this book wanting to like it but assuming I wouldn't. Maybe I'm just an immature American man, but it was too slow and boring for me. Second,I need to be fair and say I only read the prologue, which usually isn't very fair. But the thing is, having already read the summary blurbs and a few of the most positive reviews on Goodreads, I realized that the prologue told the entire story in microcosm. With a few additional sentences to properly introduce and conclude ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently found this book again after not having read it since the late 80s. What a fabulous re-introduction Wood's novel is to me. Sometimes you pick up a book you loved as a much younger person and you wonder what you ever saw in it. That's not the case with Domina...still an amazing read! ...more
Jill Anderson
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is an old book, and out of print (I think), I bought a copy years ago and have reread it three times! I loved the history of the medical industry, reading about life at the turn of the century, and what women had to do to fight for their rights. Loved this book!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I read books that stay in my head after I’m finished. This was one of those books. Magnificent in scope and information. If I ever wish I had lived in a bygone era, I will think of this story and what it was really like for a woman. I’m old enough to know that for doctors, shedding that “I am superior, there, there,little woman, it’s all in your head” attitude, took a very long time to fade away.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some elements of this book which were way too soap opera-y in my opinion, but I LOVED being plunged into the life of a young woman in the late 19th century who wanted to become a doctor. It was fascinating to understand better the state of medical knowledge at that point and the obstacles women encountered in getting an education and being involved in the medical community.
Jason Clark
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book hooked me from the opening page. Very interesting historical details about the medical profession beginning in the 1870s. Great strong central characters that make you pull for them without being whiny. Surprisingly the men aren't all sexual predators, although some of them are bad people. ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm tempted to rate this 3.5 stars just because Barbara Wood is one of my favorite authors. I can tell this is an early book of hers and not just because of the cover of my edition. An interesting saga detailing the difficulties of women becoming doctors. The struggles women went through as patients as well as doctors. We've come a long way. ...more
Soneika Henry
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book when I was 15 and it turned out to be a wonderful story that showed me that women could achieve anything even when the world was ruled by men. I thought Samantha Hargrave showed the men in the story that not only men are good enough to become doctors
Dr. Caroline Capitano
Bodice ripper

Thought I was buying history storied as fiction This is softporn My mistake not noticing who wrote the reviews If you like that this is a great book not my cup of tea
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading historical fiction and this one did not disappoint. It was a first for me relative to medical history so I found it extremely interesting and shocking at times. And, reading about women that persevered in a man’s world is always heartening.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My absolute favorite book. I have read it 3 times!
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of best novels I've read! Not a slow page! ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time. Follows the story of a woman who comes from a painful home life and becomes a physician leading up to the turn of the twentieth century.
Linda M.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Hargrave, born in the slums of Victorian London, is at young ladies’ school when she meets Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, one of the first female physicians, who encourages her to study medicine. She sailed to America to attend med school in New York. After many trials, she graduates & moves to San Francisco.

Practicing among the slums, she is befriended by a wealthy woman who needs her skills. They decide that Samantha should open an infirmary to help all who need medical care. After raising
Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Hargrave, born in the slums of Victorian London, dares to dream of becoming one of the first women doctors -- and surgeons -- in America. Set in London, New York and San Francisco from the late nineteenth century into the early days of the twentieth, Domina tells the story of a courageous woman with a special gift for healing, who struggles to enter the all-male profession of medicine. When her ambition meets with hostile rejection in England, Samantha sails to America, where she meets ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this is the story of one woman's struggle against ignorance and bigotry in our country. However, it is set against American History in the period of "demon rum", prohibiton of women professionals (imagine a female doctor!)and women wanting the right to vote...not so long ago in actual years, dear readers. We have come so far and yet there is so much work still to do done.

The struggle that our fictional heroine faces in working to eliminate "patent medicine" those liquid "medications" for wo
Lori Sears Maxwell
Interesting book that will keep your attention from beginning to end. Very likable characters that are easy to follow. So many times a book this long will contain so many characters that it is easy to get lost. It is a great book for lovers of historical fiction and medical fiction The book follows the main character, Samantha, as she struggles through a difficult childhood and during her adult life as she seeks to become a doctor and further knowledge about medicine while facing ignorance and p ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of the audiobook and asked to review it. I no longer feel compelled to finish a book if it does not keep my attention, and I enjoyed this book to the last page. I liked the characters and found the glimpse into the time period and setting of the book to be interesting and enjoyable. There were a few times where the author skipped over major events and took up the story several years later, which felt a little disjointed, and I do wonder if all of the medical advances that ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, thinking of Victorian era and how things have changed since then. I do wonder though if the time line was compressed for the sake of the story. I find it hard to belive that all this happpend in the approximate time span of 16 years. From the discovery of keeping things germ free, abdominal surgery, etc. There was romance in this book but it centered more on Samantha and her great desire to become a doctor. One woman who when she put her mind to something she accomplished it, ...more
Born in London, Samantha Hargrave overcomes her motherless plight, attending a young ladies school and eventually making her way to New York, determined to become a doctor in an age where Women were not admitted to medical school. Opening a hospital for women, she discovers the sale of opium,cocaine and alcohol laced medicines lauded as cure alls prevents women from going to doctors until it is too late to help them. On the way she finds love but her third final love eludes her but ---
Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
This book is good right up until the end. The end felt like she had a deadline or was tired of writing and didn't know how to wrap things up so she just ended it quickly without much thought. Quite a lame end for a book with so much potential. But don't get me wrong, I still think it is worth the read. ...more
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Barbara Wood was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jo ...more

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