chapter  6
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The “Fair Physician”: Female Doctors and the Late-Century Marriage Plot

As examined in the previous chapter, critics and historians of the New Woman argue that late-century medical policies like the Contagious Diseases Acts and the medical establishment’s hostility to birth control directly challenged the New Woman’s crusade for physical and reproductive autonomy. But amidst this dispute for biophysical control was an endeavor that restructured the conflict from a rivalry between women and doctors into a more complex dynamic involving the effort of women to become doctors.1