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This Side of Doctoring

This Side of Doctoring
Reflections from Women in Medicine

Edited by:
  • Eliza Lo Chin - American Medical Women's Association, Reston, VA, USA

Other Titles in:
Clinical Medicine

March 2002 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This Side of Doctoring: Reflections for Women in Medicine offers up an intimate collection of stories, poems, essays, and quotations that captures the joy and heartbreak of being women and being a physician. Editor Eliza Lo Chin (MD, Harvard Medical School) has gathered more than 100 voices that speak to the trials, rewards, and surprises of practicing medicine. Beginning with the writings of early medical pioneers, the anthology weaves a rich patchwork of experiences.

Raw and honest, This Side of Doctoring acquaints us with worlds we could otherwise only imagine. Throughout these pages you'll find the expressions of courage, doubt, fatigue, perseverance, frustration, and triumph that make up the lives of women physicians. These are the stories of choosing a life in medicine and the many roadmaps that women follow in living that life.


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Eliza Lo Chin
Eliza Lo Chin
1. Historical Perspective
2. Early Pioneers
Glances and Glimpses

Harriet Hunt
Letters from Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell
In the Words of Mary Putnam Jacobi

Mary Putnam Jacobi
The Fortress

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Some of My Life Experiences

Bethenia A. Owens-Adair
From More Than Gold in California

Mary Bennett Ritter
From Mine Eyes Have Seen

Alfreda Withington
Petticoat Surgeon

Bertha Van Hoosen
From A Child Went Forth

Helen MacKnight Doyle
Fighting for Life

S. Josephine Baker
From Bowery to Bellevue

Emily Dunning Barringer
A Woven Fabric

Mary Canaga Rowland
Woman at the Gate

Gulli Lindh Muller
A Woman Doctor Looks at Love and Life

Marion Hilliard
The Antique Roadshow of a 90-Year-Old

Juliana Swiney
Sound Investments

Gertrude Russack Sobel
The First Women at H.M.S.

Doris Rubin Bennett
I Will Not Pass Away

Mildred Fay Jefferson
The Beginnings of Women's Health Advocacy

Lila A. Wallis
From Chivalry and Off-Color Jokes to Acceptance and Respect

Marianne Wolff
Medicine and Motherhood

Marilyn Heins
Medical Internship

Grace Foege Holmes
3. The Formative Years
A Youthful Encounter

Ann Klompus Lanzerotti
From Kitchen Table Wisdom

Rachel Naomi Remen
Anatomy Lesson

Rebecca Tennant
Cold Hands

Jennifer Hyde
Here Is What I Learned

Alison Moll

Ambur L. Economou

Renda Soylemez
From the Deccan Plateau

Teena Shetty
Song of the Dying Ova

Sayantani DasGupta
How I'll Become a Good Physician

Amy L. Dryer
A Gift

Michelle Monje
Thirtysomething Meets ER

Lori Gottlieb

Jennifer Best
Summers With My Aunt

Renda Soylemez
The Discovery Clinic

Melanie M. Watkins
4. Life in the Trenches: Internship and Residency
Unknown Alpha

Lori E. Summers

Melissa Fischer
How I Survived Residency

Nassim Assefi
Necessary Journeys

Nancy L. Snyderman

Sheri Ann Hunt
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Men as Medical Mentors

Sayantani DasGupta
Whine List

Perri Klass
The Only Night I Cried

Sondra Vazirani
A Long Road

Elsa Raskin
A Time for Change: Innovative Pathways for Residency Training

Elizabeth A. Rider
Lamentation of the Female Academician

Melissa A. Parisi
But I Do Care

Joan Stroud
5. On Doctoring
In Between Before and After

Katherine Uraneck

Julia E. McMurray
My Patient, the Doctor, and Me

Gayatri Devi
Heart Doctor

Stephanie Nagy-Agren
Common Ground

Danielle Ofri

Kathleen Franco
Life Force

Rachel Naomi Remen
A Doctor Alone With Her Decision

L. Hawes Clever
Through the Eyes of a Physician

Preetha Basaviah
Why You Came to Me

Anju Goel

Emily R. Transue
Finding Beauty in Annie

Teresa Clabots
A Visit to the Doctor

Deborah Young Bradshaw
Job Description

Katherine Uraneck
6. Mothering and Doctoring
Mutual Benefits

Rebekah Wang-Cheng
Doctor's Daughter

Julia E. McMurray
Conversation Hearts

Janice E. Daugherty
Monday Morning

A. Shafer

D. Miller
A Mother's Prayer

S. Crosby
On Being a Medical Mom

C. Leichman
Tsunami Baby

K. Dong
A Patient's Wife

Ruth Cohen
The Transition Game

Bonnie Salomon
Interview for Clinician-Educator Position

Stephanie Nagy-Agren

Dugan Wiess Maddux

Marcia Quereau McCrae
Breast-Feeding: Straddling the Fence Between Work and Home

Rebecca J. Kurth
A Reminiscence

Patricia Collins Temple
The Second Road

Eliza Lo Chin
Patients as Patron Saints

Alison Moll
Mother's Day

Nalini Juthani
"To Love and to Work"

Nancy B. Kaltreider

Cynthia J. Kapphahn
Numbing Down

Rebecca Tennant
Maternity and Medicine

Anne E. Bernstein
Parenting Without Pregnancy

Toby Jacobowitz
Body Snatcher

Liza Sharpless Bonanno
Redefining Motherhood

Karen P. Alexander
Taking Children Seriously

Jessica Schorr Saxe
7. Making Choices
Finding the Balance Point Between Overdrive and the Mommy Track

Mary Lou Schmidt
Between Lawn Cuts

Anne Armstrong-Coben
Not Having Children

Rita Charon
Missed Opportunities

Barbara Cammer Paris
Taking Stock

Kathy Kirkland
Life Choices

Kathleen Dong
Composing a Life in Medicine

Joyce Rico
On Packing for the Information Superhighway

Cynthia Rasch
Thoughts on Time Management

Veronica Piziak
8. Barriers
Glass Ceiling

Bhuvana Chandra
Why Don't You Quit?

Nancy B. Kaltreider
Woman in Orthopedic Surgery Stories

Mary Williams Clark
Life in the Boys' Club

Roberta E. Sonnino

Rosa E. Cuenca
The Feminization of American Medicine

Kathryn Ko
An Interview Tale

Priya Krishna
Not Easy to Please

Woman's Medical Journal
On Reaching Visible

Susan K. Schultz
Triple Jeopardy

Livia Shang-yu Wan
A Minority Perspective

Beverly M. Gaines
My Path Through Medical School

Barbara K. Pawley
The Life of Women in Medicine

Barbara R. Sommer

Grace H. Elta
Emotional Conflicts of the Career Woman

Alexandra Symonds
Kath's Graduation

Kathryn A. Carolin
An American Experience

Dorina Rose Abdulah
A Warm Gesture

Name Withheld
A Lesbian Voice: What Does It Mean to Be a "Dyke Doctor"?

Patricia A. Robertson
9. Connections
The Doctor in the Family

Marie F. Johnson
Tobacco, Tulips, and Terminal Care

Maryella Desak Sirmon
The Friendship of Women

Marjorie Spurrier Sirridge
A Doctor in the Family

Bhuvana Chandra
The Two-Casserole Test

Linda Hawes Clever
The Cafeteria

Lou Elizabeth Mac Manus
Memories of Our Mother

Diane F. Merritt
10. Balancing
August 1994: Letter to My Student

Beth Alexander
Balancing, Juggling, and Other Feats

Donna L. Parker
Juggling the Personal and Professional Life

Marcia Angell
Workday Mornings-Three Weeks

Stephanie Nagy-Agren
Where Is the Self?

Gayle Shore Moyer
The Multitude of Little Things

Dorothy V. Whipple
Is It Worth It?

Nancy B. Kaltreider
Can It Be Done?

Mary Lou Schmidt
A Few Thoughts on Part-time Faculty: The Push for the Summit and the Long Climb Down

Charlotte Heidenreich
Centered in the Deep Connections

Lucy M. Candib
An Independent Scientist

Linda Ganzini
How to Do It All at Once

Teresa Clabots
Late Lunch

Mary Williams Clark
Balancing Family and Career: Advice From the Trenches

Molly Carnes
One Page at a Time

Audrey Shafer
To Rachel

Joan C. Lo
Pregnancy and the Professional Woman

Amy A. Tyson
The Changing Role of Physicians as Working Mothers

Marian Korteling Levai
Reflections on Balance

Jennifer R. Niebyl
Notes From a Personal Journey

Silvia Wybert Olarte
11. Our Families' Perspectives

Dr. W
From Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer

Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
Our Medical Marriage

Richard M. Berlin
From Her Infinite Variety

A Lawyer
What's a Mother For?

Blaise Levai
Life With Mother, the M.D.

Cynthia Magowan
What We Have Fashioned Together

Theodore Nadelson & Leon Eisenberg
I Remember as a Child

Mary Cogan Bromage
Renuka Gera

Lori Gera
12. Reflections
The Feminization of Medicine

Perri Klass
Double Helix

Angelee Deodhar
Identity Crisis

Anne Lipton
A Personal Journey

Graciela S. Alarcón
My Experience as a Woman in Medicine

Florence H. Sheehan
Scopes, Hopes and Learning the Ropes

Christina M. Surawicz
Defining Ourselves

Carol Merchant
Looking Good

Martha Stitelman
What It's Been Like

Kathryn D. Anderson
Reminiscences of My Medical Career

Michelle Palmieri Warren
Enjoying the Moment

Catherine Chang
Navigating the Maze of Academic Medicine

JoAnn Elisabeth Manson
From Teacher to Psychiatrist With Family

Leah J. Dickstein
Generation to Generation: Mother-Daughter Physicians

Diane K. Shrier & Lydia A. Shrier

Eliza Lo Chin
Resources for Women in Medicine
About the Editor
About the Contributors

Like a patchwork quilt, this richly-textured compilation represents each woman’s extraordinary life and career while their common experiences clearly emerge, cutting across different specialties, ages, and geographic divides. 

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