Kirkus Star


Email this review


For the layman, a biography of two brilliant and remarkable pioneers in the field of pediatrics and public health- Mary Putnam and Abraham Jacobi. Both the Jacobis had a strenuous struggle in their early careers, not only to acquire the knowledge and skills of their professions, but to combat the nostrums and prejudices which hamstrung the development of medicine and social welfare in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Mary fought the iron prejudice against the woman doctor both here and abroad, while Abraham suffered imprisonment in the political upheavals during the Prussian ""unification"" crises. It was not until Mary had established herself as an outstanding teacher and doctor and had opened the doors of the finest Ecole in France, and Abraham had held a number of posts in New York- shocking some and stimulating others by his assault against the shameful state of the public foundling homes- that they began their life together of service and devotion. The many contributions of the Jacobis, in the fields of medicine, labor and shop conditions, public health, medical education and enlightened research are fully detailed. And there is an affecting portrait of husband and wife, perfectly matched in mind and motivation yet opposed in emotional make-up and background, a fact which influenced their reactions to the personal tragedy of the death of their son.... A biographical testament, with an appeal to a younger audience as well.

Pub Date: March 3rd, 1952
Publisher: Little, Brown