February 13, 1978 12:00 PM

by Marie-Claude Wrenn

Women have come a long way, but female surgeons are still about as common in the United States as female baseball players. Wrenn, an ex-LIFE staffer, tries to find out why by chronicling the career of the fictitiously named Dr. Alison Merrill. No feminist, but courageous and determined, Dr. Merrill overcomes the prejudices of patients and colleagues alike—and finds a husband in the bargain. On the subject of male chauvinism in the medical community, Wrenn’s message is clear: Physician, heal thyself. (Crowell, $9.95)

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