My Name Is Mary Sutter

Monday, July 19, 2010

Robin Oliveira discusses her first novel, about a young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War, My Name Is Mary Sutter. Mary Sutter is a head¬strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine, she goes to Washington, D.C. to help tend the Civil War wounded.


Robin Oliveira

Comments [2]

joe pihas from Island Park, NY

The advent of the "male midwife," in the 1850's led to serious consequences for women and their healthcare. Clitorectomys began being performed a doctor in England kept a list of about 150 such operations for reasons such as wanting to go to college, unhappy in marriage, wanting to go to work and more. He was not alone. Women were midwives because men theought that womwn's healthcare needs was beneath them. It was only after the Civil War and the competition increased that men became midwifves. In fact they had been doing this but more on the side. The definition of a doctor was different. The one who went to med school wasn't equiped to be a surgeon. It was still the barber who did that. Once men became midwives, then women were considered hysterical if they became bored and rebelled. They were given Laudenum or a clitorectomy to quiet them, while it was said that men needed to go out and arouse with another woman, but the wife needed to be quieted, women didn't have the same sex drive as men it was said. I would like the opportunity to go over this in more detail. Even today women are given twice as many psychotropic drugs as men and they are "complaining," while men are describing their symptoms. Women are "under diagnosed." Women's healthcare needs treatment. Joe pihas

Jul. 19 2010 02:01 PM
Sue from ridgewood nj

FYI - When doctors(men) took over delivering babies from midwives (women), the death rate for mothers & babies increased dramatically. It took decades to return to the levels achieved when midwives assisted with childbirth.

Jul. 19 2010 01:47 PM

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