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Male Physicians, Female Practitioners: Medicine in the 19th Century

Presented by Shirley-Eustis House at Shirley-Eustis House, Roxbury MA

Nov 10 2022
Male Physicians, Female Practitioners: Medicine in the 19th Century

A satirical print protesting the invasion of female midwifery by male doctors, 1793. Courtesy of the British Museum.

How did people in the early 19th century think about health? When did the use of at-home herbs evolve into the modern scientific process?

The field of medicine has undergone many changes throughout history. One of the most significant was the so-called "professionalization" of western medicine in the early 19th century. While medical professionals in the 17th and 18th centuries included midwives, surgeons, apothecaries, and physicians, the early 19th century saw the consolidation of the medical field and its evolution into a predominantly male profession. Historian Dr. Olivia Weisser (Associate Professor, UMass Boston) will

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This is a hybrid event. Seating is limited for the in-person audience at the Shirley-Eustis House, and the lecture will also be livestreamed online. Tickets for in-person attendance are $10, livestream attendance is $5. In-person admission including lunch is $15. EBT and WIC recipients receive discounted admission.

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