August 14, 2008
Doctor’s Memoir to Be Featured At Frankfurt Book Fair
WESTFIELD, N.J., Aug. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Gloria O. Schrager, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is celebrating her 60th anniversary as a physician with a trip to the Frankfurt International Book Fair in Germany. Her autobiography, "Medicine, Matzoh Balls and Motherhood: The Complex Life of a Woman Doctor", will be featured at the fair, which is one of the largest and most prestigious book fairs in the world, attracting publishers from many countries.
Her book is an intriguing memoir about her struggle to become a doctor at a time when women physicians were an anomaly, facing ridicule, harassment and discrimination. She relates how the Great Depression and World War II disrupted her early life and how the McCarthy Unamerican Activities Committee, the Korean War, and her concern for equitable health care affected her later life and medical career. Dr. Schrager describes the adventures and mishaps of medical school, internship, private practice and her training of young doctors, as well as the domestic challenges of maintaining a successful marriage and raising a family. She discusses some of the differences, both good and bad, between the practice of medicine today and how it has been practiced over the past sixty years.
Dr. Schrager began her education in a small Adirondack village, Schroon Lake, during the Great Depression. To complete her higher education, she was sent to live with relatives in Brooklyn, New York and graduated Brooklyn College in 1944. She was unaware that women could become doctors until a college professor convinced her to apply to medical school. She met her future husband, Alvin J. Schrager, M.D. during their internship and her memoir is a love story of passion and depth, describing their stormy courtship, their marriage, and their private practice together in Westfield, N.J. Their two sons become physicians and a niece and grandniece continue the tradition, establishing three generations of women physicians in their family.
In 1972, Dr. Schrager left private practice to become the full-time Director of Pediatrics at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., where she organized the Pediatric Residency Program, an independent training program affiliated with Columbia University. She retired from Overlook Hospital in 1989, but still teaches at Columbia.
Medicine, Matzoh Balls, and Motherhood * by Gloria O. Schrager, M.D. The Complex Life of a Woman Doctor Publication Date: June 20, 2006 Trade Paperback; $18.69; 272 pages; 978-1-4257-0589-3 Cloth Hardback; $28.79; 272 pages; 978-1-4257-0590-9
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