A Golden Age of American Medicine:
The rapid pace of scientific discovery that began in the early 20th century launched a “golden age” of medicine. As deadly diseases became curable and medical innovations improved quality of life, physicians rose to unprecedented heights of public admiration. By mid-century, Americans placed near-total trust in the medical profession.
This section explores how the “Jewish doctor” became a well-known cultural figure…and how Jewish patient activists began to question whether “the doctor knows best.”
We wanted to do something about those doctors who were condescending, paternalistic, judgmental, and non-informative.
~ Boston Women’s Health Collective in Our Bodies, Ourselves, 1973