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Witches, Midwives and Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich
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May 13, 2012

did not like it
Read from June 01 to 10, 2012

Although this book did raise some interesting points, it left out lots of key parts of history and frankly missed the point on a lot of strides in medicine. I do believe that up until recently medicine was certainly a male dominated field and nursing was largely subservient. However, licensing and professional standards are not designed to exclude classes of people from medicine, they are designed to protect the patient and society from lay practitioners (they can be very dangerous when it comes to the body). I would have liked if this book talked more about the witch hunts and female healers and left the history of nursing to someone who can cite their sources properly.

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