and the production of knowledge. This is no great criticism. What she pro- vides is arguably better: a well-informed, analytic, and gracefully written book with a new perspective on enslaved black and disconsidered white women: as experimental subjects, as medical workers, and as arbiters of medical knowledge in the advance of gynecological medicine. All this is well set within deeply held racist ideologies of the time. The numerous graphic case histories (some painful to read), the stories of ambitious doc- tors, and the innovative methodology make Medical Bondage a compelling account and important contribution to the history of slavery, women, race, and society in the nineteenth-century United States. Shauna Devine shauna devine is an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and an associate research professor in the Department of History at Western University. She is the author of Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) and is currently writing a second book on the history of medicine in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North. By
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Published: Mar 1, 2019
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