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This groundbreaking work examines the role of women in the Western healing traditions. Drawing on the disciplines of history, anthropology, botany, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences, Achterberg discusses the ancient cultures in which women worked as independent and honored healers. Also researched was the persecution of women healers in the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, the development of midwifery and nursing as women's professions in the 19th century, and the current role of women and the state of the healing arts, as a time of crisis in the health-care professions coincides with the reemergence of feminine values.
"Jeanne Achterberg has integrated the role of woman as healer into an historical framework in a totally absorbing and thought-provoking way. Her appreciation of the living reality of the symbol enhances her splendid scholarship...Unforgettable insight!"--Marion Woodman, author of The Pregnant Virgin