“By the study, experimentation and practice of natural healing, women are changing and charting the future of health care.
Author: Diane Stein
Publisher: Crossing Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
“By the study, experimentation and practice of natural healing, women are changing and charting the future of health care. Despite heavy resistance or lack of recognition from patriarchal medicine, they are nevertheless making positive changes that will continue and increase. Women’s emphasis on one-to-one work practiced in mutual agreement and participation is very different from mechanized and big-money medicine, and has results and successes far beyond expectations. The emphasis on self-healing returns health care to the consumer, to women’s lives and bodies, for the first time in centuries. The medical system cannot control a movement held in the hands of women, though it may try. Women are taking control again of healing, our daughter-right, for the first time since the matriarchies and the Inquisition.”—from the Introduction
This glorious book celebrates the history of women healers from earliest times to the present. It includes profiles of women healers from all traditions.
Author: Elisabeth Brooke
Publisher: Quest Books
Women have always been healers -- from the priestess healers in the temples of Isis, to the hedge-witches and herbalists of medieval times, to the physicians, researchers, and alternative practitioners of today. This glorious book celebrates the history of women healers from earliest times to the present. It includes profiles of women healers from all traditions. Some are well known, such as Hildegard of Bingen, Florence Nightingale, and Mary Baker Eddy. Others deserve to be more widely recognized, such as Trotula of Salerno, who wrote gynecological and obstetrical texts in thirteenth-century Italy, and Mama Lola, a respected mambo or healing priestess in the Haitian Voodoo tradition. Text and pictures detail the many contributions of women to the healing arts, from the founding of nursing orders and the tending of soldiers, to the establishment of public health hospitals, to contemporary applications of the ancient lore of herbal medicine and therapeutic touch.
Few women in this social context are willing to risk social censure to achieve a status that offers few personal rewards . The chapters in Part Two illustrate the ways in which female and mother symbols characterize women healers ...
Author: Carol Shepherd McClain
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
In Women as Healers, thirteen contributors explore the intersection of feminist anthropology and medical anthropology in eleven case studies of women in traditional and emergent healing roles in diverse parts of the world. In a spectrum of healing roles ranging from family healers to shamans, diviner-mediums, and midwives, women throughout the world pursue strategic ends through healing, manipulate cultural images to effect cures and explain misfortune, and shape and are shaped by the social and political contexts in which they work. In an introductory chapter, Carol Shepherd McClain traces the evolution of ideas in medical anthropology and in the anthropology of women that have both constrained and expanded our understanding of the significance of gender to healing-one of the most fundamental and universal of human activities. The contributors include Carol Shepherd McClain, Ruthbeth Finerman, Carolyn Nordstrom, Carole H. Browner, William Wedenoja, Marjery Foz, Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern, Laurel Kendall, Merrill Signer, Roberto Garcia, Edward C. Green, Carolyn Sargent, and Margaret Reid.
Drawing on primary sources, the lives of revolutionary healers are explored in this comprehensive overview - from Trotula to Hildegard von Bingen, Mary Seacole to Wendy Savage.Informed by the author's appreciation of the politics of ...
Author: Elisabeth Brooke
Publisher: Aeon Books
First published in 1993, Elisabeth Brooke's powerful exploration of women's role as healers through the ages and their continuing fight for recognition is now expanded and updated. Tracing a lineage that spans the centuries, this revisionist history celebrates women in medicine from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome through to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the present day. Drawing on primary sources, the lives of revolutionary healers are explored in this comprehensive overview - from Trotula to Hildegard von Bingen, Mary Seacole to Wendy Savage.Informed by the author's appreciation of the politics of medicine, this revised edition features brand-new sections on community medicine; indigenous healers; end-of-life care and twentieth-century pioneers such as Rosemary Gladstar, Ina May Gaskin and Louise Hay.
This groundbreaking work examines the role of women in the Western healing traditions.
Author: Jeanne Achterberg
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
This groundbreaking work examines the role of women in the Western healing traditions. Drawing on the disciplines of history, anthropology, botany, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences, Jeanne Achterberg discusses the ancient cultures in which women worked as independent and honored healers; the persecution of women healers in the witch hunts of the Middle Ages; the development of midwifery and nursing as women's professions in the nineteenth century; and the current role of women and the state of the healing arts, as a time of crisis in the health-care professions coincides with the reemergence of feminine values.
women healers. Those staged women, though given lines by male playwrights and voices by male actors, also took their meaning from women, in both the theatrical space and the historical scene. The playhouses of the period had a sizable ...
Author: Lilian R. Furst
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Women have traditionally been expected to tend the sick as part of their domestic duties; yet throughout history they have faced an uphill struggle to be accepted as healers outside the household. In this provocative anthology, twelve essays by historians and literary scholars explore the work of women as healers and physicians. The essays range across centuries, nations, and cultures to focus on the ideological and practical obstacles women have faced in the world of medicine. Each examines the situation of women healers in a particular time and place through cases that are emblematic of larger issues and controversies in that period. The stories presented here are typical of different but parallel facets of women's history in medicine. The first six concern the controversial relationship between magic and medicine and the perception that women healers can harm or enchant as well as cure. Women frequently were banished to the edges of medical practice because their spiritualism or unorthodoxy was considered a threat to conventional medicine. These chapters focus mainly on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance but also provide continuity to women healers in African American culture of our own time. The second six essays trace women healers' efforts to seek professional standing, first in fifth-century Greece and Rome and later, on a global scale, in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to actual case studies from Germany, Russia, England, and Australia, these essays consider treatments of women doctors in American fiction and in the writings of Virginia Woolf. Women Healers and Physicians complements existing histories of women in medicine by drawing on varied historical and literary sources, filling gaps in our understanding of women healers and nulling social attitudes about them. Although the contributions differ dramatically, all retain a common focus and create a unique comparative picture of women's struggles to climb the long hill to acceptance in the medical profession.
Drawing from primary sources to offer a reconstruction of the history of women’s healing practices, the author argues that the medieval image of the healer as witch was deliberately constructed by Church officials to discredit women’s ...
Author: Elisabeth Brooke
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Category: Health & Fitness
Drawing from primary sources to offer a reconstruction of the history of women’s healing practices, the author argues that the medieval image of the healer as witch was deliberately constructed by Church officials to discredit women’s powers. In its place she provides a more accurate picture of these innovative, compassionate, and capable practitioners.
Remarkably, though, the lives and work of early American female practitioners have gone largely unexplored.
Author: Susan H. Brandt
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
In her eighteenth-century medical recipe manuscript, the Philadelphia healer Elizabeth Coates Paschall asserted her ingenuity and authority with the bold strokes of her pen. Paschall developed an extensive healing practice, consulted medical texts, and conducted experiments based on personal observations. As British North America’s premier city of medicine and science, Philadelphia offered Paschall a nurturing environment enriched by diverse healing cultures and the Quaker values of gender equality and women’s education. She participated in transatlantic medical and scientific networks with her friend, Benjamin Franklin. Paschall was not unique, however. Women Healers recovers numerous women of European, African, and Native American descent who provided the bulk of health care in the greater Philadelphia area for centuries. Although the history of women practitioners often begins with the 1850 founding of Philadelphia’s Female Medical College, the first women’s medical school in the United States, these students merely continued the legacies of women like Paschall. Remarkably, though, the lives and work of early American female practitioners have gone largely unexplored. While some sources depict these women as amateurs whose influence declined, Susan Brandt documents women’s authoritative medical work that continued well into the nineteenth century. Spanning a century and a half, Women Healers traces the transmission of European women’s medical remedies to the Delaware Valley where they blended with African and Indigenous women’s practices, forming hybrid healing cultures. Drawing on extensive archival research, Brandt demonstrates that women healers were not inflexible traditional practitioners destined to fall victim to the onward march of Enlightenment science, capitalism, and medical professionalization. Instead, women of various classes and ethnicities found new sources of healing authority, engaged in the consumer medical marketplace, and resisted physicians’ attempts to marginalize them. Brandt reveals that women healers participated actively in medical and scientific knowledge production and the transition to market capitalism.
Women as Healers looks at the important and varied role women have played in medicine - as healers, midwives, doctors, nurses and campaigners - from ancient times to the present day.
Author: Hilary Bourdillon
'It is helpful for a woman in difficult labour to be bathed in water whcih has been cooked in mallow, chickpeas and barley.' Trotula, Diseases of Women, Italy 11th century '[She] was a lover of the study of medicine and the practise of Alchemy. She prepared excellent medicines that did good to many.' Diary of Anne Clifford, England 17th century Until the 20th century Western people rarely saw a doctor: medical care from birth to death was provided by women in the community. Women as Healers looks at the important and varied role women have played in medicine - as healers, midwives, doctors, nurses and campaigners - from ancient times to the present day. The author also discusses women's struggle to become accepted on the same terms as men in the medical profession. Through a remarkable range of source material, some previously unpublished, the author unearths this hidden and neglected history.