18 Feb Boston Seminar the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality – Doctors’ Wives and the American Medical Association’s Crusade Against Socialized Medicine

Massachusetts Historical Society

“What the Women Can Do:” Doctors’ Wives and the American Medical Association’s Crusade Against Socialized Medicine

Author: Kelly O’Donnell, Thomas Jefferson University
Comment: Oliva Weisser, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Tuesday 18 February
5:15 PM

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

In the mid-twentieth century, the American Medical Association opposed attempts to create a national health program in this country, through lobbying and public outreach about the dangers of socialized medicine. Their most powerful weapon in this fight was a less conventional medical instrument: their wives. This paper examines the mobilization of the AMA Woman’s Auxiliary as the main “public relations firm” of organized medicine during these debates and their lingering influence on American health politics.

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Posted: February 07, 2020