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Domina by Barbara Wood

Domina (edition 1989)

by Barbara Wood

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Authors:Barbara Wood
Info:Time Warner Paperbacks (1989), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 576 pages
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Fascinating story of a girl who, through many struggles, becomes a doctor in the latter half of the 19th century, when medicine was just emerging from its primitiveness. The story takes us from the slums of London, where we meet Samantha, daughter of a zealous Christian preacher, and takes us to New York City, Upstate New York, where she attends medical college, finally to San Francisco, where she opens a charity hospital with the help of her well-heeled friends, and "muckrakes" against patent medicine, all opium-laced, the scourge of Victorian women. We get a sense of what it must have been like for a woman at that time, the prejudices one would have had to overcome, and the development of modern medical techniques. Story was fast-moving and always interesting and informative. "Domina" was her title as a female doctor, written on her diploma. ( )
  janerawoof | Sep 20, 2016 |
Loved this book - very informative as well as entertaining. Barbara writes well and keeps the reader's interest. Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, it is about the struggles women faced if they wanted to enter the medical profession. Although a work of fiction, it is based on real women doctors who lived at the time.
  CarolBurnett | Feb 9, 2015 |
This is one of the best books I've ever read. ( )
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Beautiful and courageous, Samantha Hargrave dares to dream that she will become one of the first female doctors—and surgeons—in America. Born in the slums of London and possessing a special gift for healing, Samantha struggles to enter the all-male medical profession. When her ambition meets with hostile rejection in England, she sails to America, where she meets an eccentric doctor who takes her on as an apprentice. But at the high-profile Astor Ball in New York, Samantha is introduced to the second of the three men who will change her life forever—and love just might interfere with her ambition.
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Growing up in the squalor of Victorian London, Samantha dreams of becoming a doctor. From the crowded wards of charity hospitals to the grandeur of society receptions and the calm of medical schools, she uses all her strength and will to fight the prejudice which has banished women from medicine.

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The saga of one of the first women doctors and her search for professional acceptance and the man she loves over a century ago.

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