Query: Boston Lying-In and Boston Hospital for Women

Dear WHOM,
I am working on a brief history of gender and biomedical research at Brigham and Women’s, for a coffeetable-type book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the hospital.  I aim to include material from the Boston Lying-In and the Boston Hospital for Women/Free Hospital for Women, before they merged with the Brigham.  I am not familiar enough with histories of the American hospital to know what research has been done on these hospitals, but I am guessing there should be some great books/articles already out there.  I would be grateful for suggestions.
Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D.
From Susan Reverby:
Dear Lara,
There is a history of the Lying-In by Frederick Irving (grandfather of novelist John Irving) on the BLI I think called Lying IN. Morris Vogel’s history of the modern hospital will give you the Boston context
The first chapter of my Ordered to Care book has some things from the papers of the BLI that I worked in decades ago. Virginia Drachman’s book on the New England Hospital for Women and Children will also give you some context. I have this vague memory that Gina Morantz-Sanchez has an article that compares death rates at BLI to the New England Hospital that would have appeared some time in the late 70s.
From Judy Leavitt:
I had it wrong, I think. Laurie Crumpacker gave a talk at a Berks
conference in c. 1974 and Gina was arguing against her contention that
there was a significant therapeutic difference between male and female
doctors. Gina’s article about this is with Sue Zschoche and published in
the Journal of American History in Dec 1980.
sorry for the confusion…

Judith W. Leavitt
Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor
of Medical History, History of Science, and Gender and Women’s Studies
University of Wisconsin
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-4560

That’s what is in my memory for now.


PS Delighted you are doing this.

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