Alice: The Making of a Woman Doctor

Fay Hercock

Author: Fay Hercock
Format: Ebook only
Pages: 294
Published: December 1999
ISBN: 9781869402068

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Alice is the life of a pioneering woman doctor who, graduating in 1937, had by the time of her death in 1974 reached the highest honours of her profession and become a leading public figure. 

A specialist allergist and paediatrician, Alice Bush was at the vanguard of debates about the provision of health services, attitudes to sexuality, reproductive rights and health education. At the same time she was also a daughter, wife and mother sharing contemporaryy views about these roles and gradually working out, without support of a prevailing feminist ideology, ways to sustain both aspects of her life. 

Her story is one of courage, flexibility, imagination and compassion which offers much interest to people from different perspectives.

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Alice is a parable of her time – and it is this awareness of the time and of the social history of the interaction between women and the world of professional men that makes this book so fascinating. It is excellently written and well-supplemented with photographs. – Penny Jamieson, Otago Daily Times