Rebecca Tannenbaum

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Sr Lect History; Yale NUS Fellow International Affairs
Fields of interest: 

U.S.: Early America; Social history of American medicine; Women's history

Bio: 

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Education

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1984
Yale University, Ph.D., 1997

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Research Interests

Colonial America, especially women’s history and the history of medicine; History of women’s health; history of the family

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Work in progress

A cultural history of biological motherhood in America, from the Colonial period through the mid-nineteenth century

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Selected Publications

Books

  • The Healer’s Calling: Women and Medicine in Colonial New England, Cornell University Press, 2002.

Articles

  • “Elizabeth Drinker’s Female Line: Mothers, Daughters, and Kinship In Eighteenth Century America” in Andrea O’Reilly, ed., Feminist Mothering, forthcoming, SUNY press, 2005.
  • “The Housewife as Healer: Medicine as Women’s Work in Colonial New England” Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, 26 2003.
  • “Mary Hale and Ann Edmonds: Gender, Women’s Work, and Health in Colonial Massachusetts,” in Eric Arnesen, ed., The Human Tradition in American Labor History, Scholarly Resources, 2002.
  • “What is Best to be Done for these Fevers: Elizabeth Davenport’s Medical Practice in New Haven Colony” The New England Quarterly, June: 265-284, 1997.
  • “Earnestness, Temperance, Industry: The Definitions and Uses of Professional Character Among Nineteenth Century American Physicians” J. Hist. Med. Allied Sci. 49: 251-283, 1994.

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