Abstract

This article looks at the life and work of Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska, one of the most prominent female physicians in the nineteenth-century United States. She is best known among historians of medicine as an advocate of science and a critic of sentimentality at a time when most women argued that their sentimental nature legitimized their entry into the medical field. Born in Berlin in 1829, Zakrzewska received her M.D. in 1856 from Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio. Six years later, she founded the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston, one of a handful of all-female institutions that offered clinical training to women. To understand the roots of Zakrzewska's unusual stance on science and sentimentality, this article argues for the necessity of abandoning a dichotomy scholars often have created between femininity, subjectivity, and morality, on the one hand, and masculinity, objectivity, and science, on the other.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2036
Print ISSN
1042-7961
Pages
pp. 121-142
Launched on MUSE
2003-12-25
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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