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  •  I work in the neonatal and perinatal world and (11+ / 0-)

    his woman is a hero.  To have an MD dole out treatments so unproven really is the breaking of the "do no harm" ethos.  Women were teated badly by MDs in those days-essentially given pills to lull them and ignore their genuine concerns. Don't worry here take a pill.  My mom talks about how patronizing her Ob was to her in the 60's. Do we have? Can we get public servants like her again?

    Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice won't get fooled again. George Bush

    by ganymeade on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 03:10:33 PM PST

    •  oh and I love these histories (5+ / 0-)

      people do need to know this stuff!

      Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice won't get fooled again. George Bush

      by ganymeade on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 03:11:44 PM PST

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    •  During the Baby Boom (8+ / 0-)

      women were badly served very often by med. profession. This would make a great paper or book.

      Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

      by Virginia mom on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 03:12:50 PM PST

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    •  Speaking of women badly treated... (11+ / 0-)

      ...this story is in the link to the elementary school named after Dr. Kelsey:

      It was early 1942 and war was raging in the jungles of the Pacific. In addition to fighting the Japanese, Allied troops found themselves under attack by malaria-carrying mosquitoes. And since enemy soldiers had already captured several plantations of cinchona trees, the source of the anti-malarial quinine, the search was on for an effective quinine substitute to combat the disease. A possible treatment--in the form of a dark, inky substance--arrived for testing in the pharmacology department at the University of Chicago. Pharmacologist Frances Oldham Kelsey, like many other university researchers throughout the country, had enlisted in the search for synthetic cures for malaria.

      As it turned out, the inky substance had been sent by a veterinarian in Texas. "He said that he had just tried it on his secretary without ill effects," says Kelsey, "and he planned next to try it on cattle. It showed the relative value placed on women and cattle in Texas at that time," Kelsey says with amusement.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 03:16:06 PM PST

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