Speaker: Dr. Ellen Amster, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of History, McMaster University
Title: Mademoiselle le Docteur: A History of Women Physicians in Western Europe and North America
Thursday November 24
MDCL 3020 (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery)
Abstract: What challenges face women as doctors? Women have been medical practitioners from ancient times, but modern professionalization was a profoundly masculine process. This talk explores how women in North America and Europe overcame gender, legal, institutional, and interpersonal barriers to become doctors. In turn, what has the entry of women to medicine brought to the profession? The rise of women doctors went hand-in-hand with women’s rights, women’s suffrage, and greater advocacy for issues in women’s health.
Biography: Ellen Amster is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University and Associate Professor in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Department of History. She has conducted 15 years of medical fieldwork in Morocco, served as a translator for an ocular surgery mission, and created a global health field course in maternal and infant health from her 2013 book, Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco. Current research interests include the history of public health, birth, Islamic science, and colonial medicine.
There will also be a book signing by Department of Psychiatry author and clinician Dr. John Deadman for his book,Moving Out of the Shadows: A History of Forensic Psychiatry in Hamilton. Books will be available for purchase. Please join us and the Department of Psychiatry in congratulating Dr. Deadman on his achievement.
This talk is co-sponsored by:
Federation of Medical Women of Canada
Hannah History of Medicine Unit McMaster University
Gender and Health Initiative, Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Family Medicine
Department of History
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences
Academic Women’s Success and Mentorship, McMaster University
The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series is made possible by an endowment from Associated Medical Services (AMS).