Maria Daxenbichler | CV

Fields: US | US Women’s | History of Medicine

Advisor: Susan Cahn

Magistra Artium,  Leipzig University
MA American Studies, University at Buffalo

My dissertation investigates how medical researchers in the U.S. 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 then 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.