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Title: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and the professionalism of medical publicity
Authors: Brock, Claire
First Published: Sep-2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: International Journal of Cultural Studies, 2008, 11 (3), pp. 321-342
Abstract: This article examines how early women doctors managed their professional and public images in the second half of the nineteenth century through a case study of the career of the first medical woman to qualify in Britain: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917). In fighting for their cause, Victorian women doctors had to negotiate the medical profession's disdain for what it considered 'unprofessional advertising', which it aligned with quackery, while, at the same time, attempting to publicize the medical women's movement to the wider world. Through close analysis of Garrett Anderson's public image and private correspondence, I argue that she achieved medical fame through the careful maintenance both of public confidence and professional respect, promoting her cause through a subtle sleight-of-hand. While Elizabeth Garrett Anderson appeared, on the surface, to subvert her sex beneath her profession, in doing so she in fact emphasized simultaneously the right of women to a professional occupation and corresponding renown.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1367877908092588
ISSN: 1367-8779
eISSN: 1460-356X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2008, Sage publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of English

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