For Her Own Good (Paperback)
Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women
Anchor, 9781400078004, 432pp.
Publication Date: January 4, 2005
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Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English has never lost faith in science itself, but insist that we hold those who interpret it to higher standards. Women are entering the medical and scientific professions in greater numbers but as recent research shows, experts continue to use pseudoscience to tell women how to live. For Her Own Good provides today’s readers with an indispensable dose of informed skepticism.
About the Author
Deirdre English has written, taught, and edited work on a wide array of subjects related to investigative reporting, cultural politics, and public policy. She has contributed to Mother Jones, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, and to public radio and television.
Praise For For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women…
“A splendidly bold and readable review of medical, psychological and social theory since the industrial revolution.”—The Guardian (London)
"A landmark work: It changes everything one believed before about doctors, scientists, and all other kinds of patriarchal experts. The most important work on women since The Feminine Mystique."--Claudia Dreifus, author of Seizing Our Bodies, The Politics of Women's Health Care
"For Her Own Good gives us a perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of childhood, unlike any we have had. I have read it with mounting intellectual excitement, underlining, marking pages, arguing form start to finish with its authors in my head. It is humanly and theoretically fascinating, written with clarity, wit, and verve and with a deep concern for the future."--Adrienne Rich
"For Her Own Good . . . uses rationality informed by moral insight to meet the 'experts' head-on."—The Boston Globe