Although women doctors were a thriving and vocal group in the late nineteenth century, we do not know a lot about their personal lives, and in particular, their marriages. Indeed, many did not marry, tending instead to devote all of their time, energy, and nurturance to their patients and community service. In this century, and until the early 1970s, the numbers of women in medicine were very small; women doctors were excluded from virtually all in-depth studies of medical students, house-staff, office practice, and academic medicine.1 Publications on medical marriages focused entirely on male physicians and doctors’ wives.
KeywordsMedical Student Marital Conflict Female Physician Role Strain Domestic Chore
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