There seems to be just as many women as men doctors. In fact many women prefer to have a woman doctor. It is hard to believe that in the mid 1800’s the idea of a woman doctor was unthinkable. It was right around this time that a brave young girl with a forward thinking father began applying to medical schools at the urging of an ill family friend who said she preferred being examined by a woman. Of course most schools did not accept her but one did. Turns out the male students were asked to decide and they agreed as a joke! Well the joke turned out to be on them in the picture book biography Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? written by Tanya Lee Stone with bold and painterly gouache and ink on watercolor paper illustrations by Marjorie Priceman.
This one will surely renew your kids’ interest in their doctor’s kit so sit back and enjoy being the patient, mom!
Last summer I watched the series Bramwell which is available on Netflix about an English doctor during the Victorian era. I wondered if she was based on Elizabeth Blackwell. In fact I found out that she was one of the one of three early women doctored used to model the character of Eleanor Bramwell played by Jemma Redgrave. It is a fantastic series that will make you grateful for how far medicine has come in general although your kids will probably lose interest pretty quickly!
Need an anatomy book? I posted about our favorite here.