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No Silent WitnessThe Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World$
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Cynthia Tucker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.001.0001

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New Rules of Engagement

New Rules of Engagement

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No Silent Witness

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Endowed with her mother's dominant nature and feminist perspective, Martha May Eliot sets her sights on becoming a “social doctor.” Before graduating from Radcliffe, she spends her sophomore year at Bryn Mawr and there meets her life companion, Ethel C. Dunham (1883‐1969 ). Martha and Ethel earn their M.D.s at Johns Hopkins Medical School and find positions together in the Pediatrics Department that Edwards A. Park had just created at Yale. Congress's timely passage of the Sheppard‐Towner Act starts Martha on an ascent as a pioneer of public health service for underserved mothers and children. Her demonstration of Vitamin D's efficacy in wiping out rickets results in a call from the Children's Bureau, of which she eventually serves as Chief. She writes Title V of the Social Security Act, later serves as Assistant Director‐General of the World Health Organization, and is one of the founding signers of UNICEF's charter.

Keywords:   Martha May Eliot (1891‐1978), Ethel C. Dunham (1883‐1869), Johns Hopkins, Yale Pediatrics Department, Children's Bureau, Sheppard‐Towner Act, rickets, Edwards A. Park, Title V, World Health Organization

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