An Illness in the Family: Dr. Maude Abbott and Her Sister, Alice Abbott

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Title
An Illness in the Family: Dr. Maude Abbott and Her Sister, Alice Abbott
Abstract
An exploration of Dr. Maude Abbott's (1869-1940) internationally significant career in medicine and her parallel commitment to caring for her mentally ill older sister, Alice (1867-1934). The author's examination of Abbott's life reveals the difficulties faced by an ambitious Canadian woman in medicine from the 1890s to the 1920s; difficulties compounded by caring for a sister with a mental illness. The Abbott archive suggests that it was far more difficult for a woman doctor to make the kind of sharp distinction between public and private life that might be expected of professional men.
Publication
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine
Volume
Vol. 28
Issue
no. 1
Pages
171-190
Date
Spring 2011
Language
en
Citation
Brookes, Barbara. “An Illness in the Family: Dr. Maude Abbott and Her Sister, Alice Abbott.” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médecine Vol. 28, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 171–190.
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