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Fields: US | US Women’s | History of Medicine
Advisor: Susan Cahn
My dissertation investigates how physicians changed the field of gynecology between the 1880s and 1920s. Through developing new and allegedly safe abortion
techniques they strengthened their authority over women’s health, reproduction, and medical treatments. They shared their new knowledge with medical and nursing students in teaching hospitals, thus helping to further professionalize the medical field and establish the authority of formally trained practitioners over women’s health.