Women Doctors in War
Military History - Women's Studies
6 x 9, 272 pp.
33 b&w photos. Chart. 8 tables.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
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Included in the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries 2010 annual collection, selected by The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA)

Women Doctors in War

By Judith Bellafaire and Mercedes Herrera Graf

In their efforts to utilize their medical skills and training in the service of their country, women physicians fought not one but two male-dominated professional hierarchies: the medical and the military establishments. In the process, they also contended with powerful social pressures and constraints.

Throughout Women Doctors in War, the authors focus on the medical careers, aspirations, and struggles of individual women, using personal stories to illustrate the unique professional and personal challenges female military physicians have faced.

Military and medical historians and scholars in women’s studies will discover a wealth of new information in Women Doctors in War.


JUDITH BELLAFAIRE, formerly chief historian for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, currently works under contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency Center at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Her PhD is from the University of Delaware.
MERCEDES GRAF holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). A former tenured professor of psychology at Governers State University, she is presently an independent scholar living in Highland Park, Illinois.

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . a useful addition to the body of knowledge that defines military medical history." -Mary T. Sarnecky, author, A History of the Army Nurse Corps

Women Doctors in War is the first full-length book to examine the history of female physicians in our nation’s military establishment. As such, this impeccably researched and well written monograph is most welcome.”—Vincent J. Cirillo, Medical History Society of New Jersey


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