Witches, Midwives, and Nurses

Authors

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Deirdre English

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-025-05-1973-09_2

Keywords:

Sex, Ecology, Inequality

Abstract

Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of Western history. They were abortionists, nurses, and counsellors. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home to home and village to village. For centuries women were doctors without degrees, barred from books and lectures, learning from each other, and passing on experience from neighbor to neighbor and mother to daughter. They were called "wise women" by the people, witches or charlatans by the authorities. Medicine is part of our heritage as women, our history.

Published

1973-10-02

Issue

Section

Articles