Idealists or pragmatists? Progressives and separatists among Australian medical women, 1900-1940

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T13:02:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-20T13:02:46Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier 2003000403 en_US
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, L. 2003 'Idealists or pragmatists? Progressives and separatists among Australian medical women, 1900-1940', Social History Of Medicine, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 263-282. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0951-631X en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1176
dc.description.abstract Histories of Australian medical women have long relied on timeless narratives of valiant 'pioneers' battling opponents among the 'male profession'. The not-so-embedded implications of progress-through-struggle seemed well-suited to a settler society. This article challenges that approach by examining the foundation and development of the Rachel Forster Hospital, a Sydney hospital created in the aftermath of the First World War, and staffed exclusively bv women. The article argues that medical history, and particularly the history of women in medicine, needs to be cautious of such well-worn notions as the 'male dominance' of medicine, and the assumption that medical practitoners shared a common outlook. I invist, moreover, that separatist medical women and their institutions must be seen in the context of their society, by demonstrating how the choices they made and the reactions they provoked reflected their time and place. The success of the Rachel Forster during the interwar years illustrates the crucial role played by interactions between medical considerations and wider issues of public policy. Sensitivity to the prevailing intellectual and political debates is important in understanding the actions and motivations of medical women in any period. en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/shm/16.2.263 en_US
dc.title Idealists or pragmatists? Progressives and separatists among Australian medical women, 1900-1940 en_US
dc.parent Social History Of Medicine en_US
dc.journal.volume 16 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 263 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 282 en_US
dc.cauo.name Social Inquiry en_US


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