Conduct Unbecoming a Woman

Conduct Unbecoming a Woman : Medicine on Trial in Turn-of-the-century Brooklyn

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In the spring of 1889, a burgeoning Brooklyn newspaper, the "Daily Eagle", printed a series of articles that detailed a history of midnight hearses and botched operations performed by a scalpel-eager female surgeon named Dr. Mary Dixon-Jones. The ensuing avalanche of public outrage gave rise to two trials - one for manslaughter and one for libel - that became a late 19th-century sensation. Recreating both trials, Regina Morantz-Sanchez provides a historical whodunit, inviting readers to sift through the evidence and evaluate the witnesses. Jars of specimens and surgical mannequins became common spectacles in the courtroom, and the roughly 300 witnesses that testified represented a fascinating social cross-section of the city's inhabitants, from humble immigrant craftsmen and seamstresses to some of New York and Brooklyn's most prestigious citizens and physicians. Like many legal extravaganzas of our own time, the Mary Dixon-Jones trials highlighted broader social issues in America.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195126246
  • 9780195126242

About Regina Morantz-Sanchez

Regina Morantz-Sanchez is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Widely published in the areas of women's history, gender, sexuality, and medicine, she is the author of In Her Own Words: Oral Histories of Women Physicians and Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.show more

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"Morantz-Shanchez's new book adds to this scholarship in important ways: it focuses in depth on one fascinating, nineteenth-century woman doctor while simultaneously revealing incontrovertibly that an understanding of nineteenth-century woman doctors provides a window into the history of nineteenth-century American society as well."-- American Historical Review "Morantz-Shanchez's new book adds to this scholarship in important ways: it focuses in depth on one fascinating, nineteenth-century woman doctor while simultaneously revealing incontrovertibly that an understanding of nineteenth-century woman doctors provides a window into the history of nineteenth-century American society as well."-- American Historical Review "Morantz-Shanchez's new book adds to this scholarship in important ways: it focuses in depth on one fascinating, nineteenth-century woman doctor while simultaneously revealing incontrovertibly that an understanding of nineteenth-century woman doctors provides a window into the history of nineteenth-century American society as well."-- American Historical Review "Morantz-Shanchez's new book adds to this scholarship in important ways: it focuses in depth on one fascinating, nineteenth-century woman doctor while simultaneously revealing incontrovertibly that an understanding of nineteenth-century woman doctors provides a window into the history ofnineteenth-century American society as well."-- American Historical Reviewshow more

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