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Author Name:    VANDERVOORT, Julie

Title:   Tell the Driver : A Biography of Elinor F.E. Black, M.D. First Edition industjacket, Signed

Publisher:    University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg, MB, 1992, 

Seller ID:   115810

VANDERVOORT, Julie. Tell the Driver : A Biography of Elinor F.E. Black, M.D. (Winnipeg, Manitoba) : University of Manitoba Press, (1992). First Edition. Pp (6),vii-viii,(2),[3]-327,(1). Illustrated with 20 b&w photos in the text. 8vo (160215 mm), black cloth, with gilt lettereing to spine. Julie Vandervoort (b.1958 ) was living in Halifax at the time of publication. ElinorFrances Elizabeth Black, M.D. (b. 1905, Nelson, British Columbia - d. Janu ary 20, 1982, Winnipeg). "Elinor Black, a pioneer of Canadian medicine, wasthe first woman to head a department at a Canadian medical school. Born in 1905 in Nelson, B.C., she was brought up in Calgary, Scotland and Winnipeg . She studied medicine over the objections of her family, who, like many oftheir generation, considered women too frail to endure the studies and the later career demands. Elinor persevered, earning her M.D. from the Univers ity of Manitoba and becoming the first Canadian woman to gain membership inthe Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Britain. She open ed her office in Winnipeg in 1931, in the depth of the Depression. Slowly building her practice , she began teaching at the University of Manitoba Medical School in the late 1930s, rising to head her department in 1951. A woman of firece dtermination and passionate loyalties, Elinor Black cleared her own path through life. Within the world of medicine, Elinor was sometimesincluded as 'one of the boys,' other times isolated because of her gender. Her devotion to medicine was baanced by intense friendships with those who were equally talented and ambitious - artists, doctors and other professio nal women, She was a mentor to medical students and to other young people. Ambivalent about being held as an example of what women could accomplish, she nonetheless took great pride in her achievements.. Elinor was ahead of her time in her attitudes about many woman's health issues, especially in the area of experimental hormone treatment. Her long career saw many changes in the health profession; some she resisted, other she anticiapated in her own work. Julie Vandervoort, drawing on diaries, correspondence, memoirs and voluminous files, tells the story of Elinor Black, professional doctor and private woman. This biography brings her story to life and recreates the spirit of her time. " from jacket flap. Chapters : 1. Family Prayers; 2. Rebellion and Escape; 3. Whirlwind; 4. Struggle; 5. Getting the "M"; 6.Heartbreak and Loss ; 7. The Maternity Pavillion: "Safeguarding Motherhood"; 8. The Flood!; 9. Recognition; 10. Around the World - and Back; 11. A Losing Battle; 12. Damn the Passing Years. Epilogue. With end-notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. Signed, without inscription, by the author on the title page. 50.00


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