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New Book from MFAC Alum

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Bold Women of Medicine: 
21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs 


By Susan Latta, MFAC '09


Chicago Review Press
September 2017
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About the Book

Meet 21 determined women who have dedicated their lives to healing others. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton—the “Lady with the Lamp” and the “Angel of the Battlefield”—earned their nicknames by daring to enter battlefields to aid wounded soldiers, forever changing the standards of medicine. Modern-day medical heroines such as Bonnie Simpson Mason, who harnessed the challenges of her chronic illness and founded an organization to introduce women and minorities to orthopedic surgery, and Kathy Magliato, who jumped the hurdles to become a talented surgeon in the male-dominated arena of heart transplants, will inspire any young reader interested in the art, science, and life changing applications of medicine. Lovers of adventure will follow Mary Carson Breckinridge, the “nurse on horseback” who delivered babies in the Appalachian Mountains and believed that everyone, including our poorest and most vulnerable citizens, deserve good health care, and Jerri Nielsen, the doctor stationed in Antarctica who, cut off from help, had to bravely treat her own breast cancer. These and 15 other daring women inspire with their courage, persistence, and belief in the power of both science and compassion.

Packed with photos and informative sidebars and including source notes and a bibliography, Bold Women of Medicine is an invaluable addition to any student’s or aspiring doctor or nurse’s bookshelf.

Some of the Critical Praise

“This volume provides an impressive overview of women in medicine…” —VOYA Magazine

"The paths to the profession are myriad, and readers with an interest in helping and healing will find plenty of inspiration." —Booklist Online

“In the book Bold Women of Medicine I found inspiring careers and a way to share with students many amazing directions for their own future.” —NSTA Recommends

"In this fascinating new title from the Women of Action series, young adult readers get to meet some of the daring and trailblazing women of the past two hundred years of medicine."—A Mighty Girl