Book ID: CBB837947269

A Doctor for Rural America: The Reforms of Frances Sage Bradley (2020)


"Dr. Frances Sage Bradley (1862-1949) was a mediating force between the urban world of her own education and experience, and that of rural Americans. As a widow with four young children, Bradley trained as a doctor and became one of the first women to graduate from Cornell University Medical School. During the height of the Progressive Era, she left her private practice to do significant field work for the newly-created Children's Bureau, working mainly in the Appalachian South. In this timely biography, Barbara Barksdale Clowse details the story of this physician, reformer, and writer, and her efforts to extend access to healthcare to rural communities. Clowse describes Bradley's important innovations in the field of public health, including physical exams or "conferences" for children and infants which simultaneously educated parents and local medical practitioners, and her advocacy for improved nutrition and modern medicine in rural areas. Finally, Clowse illustrates how Bradley's work regarding maternal mortality and morbidity in America was instrumental in demonstrating the need for what became the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921, also known as the Maternity and Infancy Protection Act. A century has passed since Bradley lived out her commitment to social justice in healthcare, yet many of the issues that she faced still plague the United States today. A Doctor for Rural America presents a balanced portrait of an overlooked pioneer and her work to establish healthcare as an obligation that the government owed to its citizens"--

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Review Ashley Sorrell (2022) Review of "A Doctor for Rural America: The Reforms of Frances Sage Bradley". Journal of American History (p. 854). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Fiorilli, Olivia
Bărbulescu, Constantin
Fursa, Elena
Patrizia Cincinnati
Žalnora, Aistis
Lee, Tom
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Social Science History
Social History of Medicine
Public Understanding of Science
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Società Editrice Universo
Open University (United Kingdom)
University of Rochester Press
Shaker Publishing
Plus, Pisa University Press
Oxford University Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Rural history
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Meiji period (Japan, 1868-1910)
21st century
18th century
Great Britain
United States
Philadelphia, PA
Vilnius (Lithuania or Poland)

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