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Janice Nimura’s essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon and other publications. Her first book, “Daughters Of The Samurai,” was a New York Times notable book in 2015. Her new book is “The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine To Women And Women To Medicine.” Janice Nimura joins me from her home in New York.
Janice Nimura, welcome to FRESH AIR.
JANICE NIMURA: Thanks, Dave. It’s an honor to be here.
DAVIES: Before we talk about the Blackwells themselves and Elizabeth Blackwell, let’s just talk about medicine in the 1840s. What was the state of the profession then? How were doctors regarded? How effective were they?
NIMURA: Well, it was really a turning point. Until right about that moment, medicine looked a lot like the way medicine had looked all the way back to antiquity. People thought about it in terms of the humors, the four humors that governed the body. There was no really good way to look inside the body. All you could do was take a temperature, feel a pulse, see what came out of various orifices. And the profession such as it was at that moment was not particularly prestigious, at least in America. And doctors tended to have sort of an arsenal of things they could do – leeches, bloodletting, mercury, laudanum, different, rather intense and harsh medications that they sort of tried one time after another until you either got better or died.