Women and Health in America

Women and Health in America

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In this thoroughly updated second edition, Judith Walzer Leavitt, a leading authority on the history of women's health issues, has collected thirty-five articles representing important scholarship in this once-neglected field. Timely and fascinating, this volume is organized chronologically and then by topic, covering studies of women and health in the colonial and revolutionary periods and the nineteenth century through the Civil War. The remainder of the book concentrates on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and addresses such controversial issues as body image and physical fitness, sexuality, fertility, abortion and birth control, childbirth and motherhood, mental illness, women's health care providers (midwives, nurses, physicians), and health reform and public health.The Pittsburgh Courier, for example, carried numerous mailorder advertisements for douche powder, suppositories, ... The instructions for its use indicate euphemistically that Puf should be used a€œfirst, a€ meaning before intercourse, and that itanbsp;...

Title:Women and Health in America
Author:Judith Walzer Leavitt
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 1999


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