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Gynaecological Proletarians

Anne Summers, 10 October 1991

The Charge of the Parasols: Women’s Entry to the Medical Profession 
by Catriona Blake.
Women’s Press, 254 pp., £6.95, October 1990, 0 7043 4239 1
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Women under the Knife: A History of Surgery 
by Ann Dally.
Radius, 289 pp., £18.99, April 1991, 9780091745080
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The Science of Woman: Gynaecology and Gender in England, 1800-1929 
by Ornella Moscucci.
Cambridge, 278 pp., £35, April 1991, 0 521 32741 5
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... exploitation, inspired by greed, opportunism and, for good measure, possibly sadism and voyeurism. Catriona Blake’s The Charge of the Parasols shows that these were all live issues for the 19th-century feminists on both sides of the Atlantic who campaigned for women’s entry into the medical profession. Ann Dally and Ornella Moscucci, who discuss ...

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