Woman in Residence

Woman in Residence An eye openerA WOMAN IN RESIDENCE is filled with integrity PHYLLIS CHSLERThis true storry based on diaries Dr Michelle Harrison kept throughout her months of residency in OB GYN draws us into the seri

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  • Title: Woman in Residence
  • Author: MichelleHarrison
  • ISBN: 9780449222386
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • An eye openerA WOMAN IN RESIDENCE is filled with integrity PHYLLIS CHSLERThis true storry based on diaries Dr Michelle Harrison kept throughout her months of residency in OB GYN draws us into the serious and thrilling work of delivering new life into the worldd into Dr Harrison s own struggle to reconcile the often startling difference between patient care an An eye openerA WOMAN IN RESIDENCE is filled with integrity PHYLLIS CHSLERThis true storry based on diaries Dr Michelle Harrison kept throughout her months of residency in OB GYN draws us into the serious and thrilling work of delivering new life into the worldd into Dr Harrison s own struggle to reconcile the often startling difference between patient care and hospital convenience She writes about her patients, for whom she never had quite enough time about her collegues, with whom she did not always agree about the excitement of learning new procedures about the pressures that never let up She brings us as close as most of us are likely to come to the intense inner life of a big hospital.

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    1. This book was absolutely amazing. It is the autobiography of a woman who went through OBGYN residency having already had a child herself and having already attended many home births as a family practice trained physician.She went into her OBGYN residency with a hope that the formal OBGYN training would expand her practice knowledge and abilities. However, between her prior experience with and support for home birth practices and precepts, and between being a single mother and having many difficu [...]

    2. This book is a disturbing read. It's based on the diary of a family medicine physician who returns to take a residency in Ob-Gyn, as she struggles to balance work and family, and to find a place for herself as a feminist in a misogynist profession. Much of the book is outdated, but much of it still applies. I read it during my third year Ob-Gyn rotation, partially as an antidote to the mechanistic and misogynistic elements that I found in the profession.This isn't a book for everyone. People who [...]

    3. An account of one year spent in an OB/GYN residency (Dr. Harrison ultimately quit, but has had a wonderful career in humanitarian work). Dr. Harrison is VERY opinionated, which makes this book difficult to read. This book is interesting as a snap-shot of obstetrics in the late seventies. I truly hope things have changed since then. I respect Dr. Harrison, but it's hard to empathize with her.

    4. Michelle Harrison, a young doctor's look into a residency in the OB/GYN field. This is her take as a single mother as she goes thru her residency with a young child. She takes us behind the scenes with trying to take care her child, her home, and her residency. This book shows us how man treat woman while they are going thru labor, its more like they don't care about the mom or the baby just how to get it done without must fess and quickly. It was a quick read had it done in over a day.

    5. The fact that this was written by a doctor is negated by the poor writing/editing of this book. The numerous grammatical and spelling errors made it hard to get through the memoir without rolling my eyes.

    6. I'm used to reading fiction so it took some time to get used to reading a biography of real events, knowing that there isn't a 'real' plot. This book frightens me. I checked the date of publication and while 1982 seems like a really long time to me (frankly because the book is way older than I am), in terms of science years, it really is just a short time. I know how slow science moves forward.My point being, how much has medicine changed? I'm not in the medical field so I can only guess about w [...]

    7. Disturbing view of a major medical center residency in the '70s. While the author describes the sad medical practices affecting the women who come to the hospital for the best medical care, she is not a sympathetic character. Her views of the experience of childbirth are idealized and may not be practical in a busy community. I hope that hospitals have improved since this time period although the preface written by the author in 2013 claims that things are worse. She seems to have left medicine [...]

    8. Very insightful into the history of Ob/GYN residences of the 70s and 80s. I now understand on a new level why I have heard Ob/gyns are good surgeons and not equipped to sit back and let a natural unmedicated birth happen. Just to read the surgery after sugery that Dr. Harrison assisted in, forced to do c-sections, episiotomies and epidurals made that clear. Even as dated as this book is, I think it would still prove useful to those seeking ob/GYN training.

    9. Very interesting historical insight from a female OB/GYN resident who had experience with home birth before entering a traditional residency. This book is quite out of date, but still very relative, based on what I know about the standard medical treatment of women in labor and about caesarean rates.

    10. While she has great material here, the author's writing is not conducive to a great reading experience. She comes off as strident and sometimes whiny. It isn't immersive. I have nothing but respect for her as a groundbreaking feminist physician, but an author she's not, IMO.

    11. An intense disturbing autobiographical story about a female MD who wishes to expand her knowledge in OB/GYN to better serve her Family Practice. The negativivity she encounters seems unreal in the mid to late 70's. It made me wonder if it was only her location? Or if it was iniversal in the US?

    12. Learned a lot I really enjoyed A Woman in Residence. This was a very insightful book and gave such a full picture of women in the medical community in the 70-80s.

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