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Forged by the Knife

Forged by the Knife not only dramatically documents how racism and sexism affect Black women surgeons in training, but depicts situations that will ring true to women of color who work in all kinds of settings. Patricia Dawson has created a fascinating, groundbreaking work and a much needed survival manual.
Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom

[Dr. Dawson] found her residency training to be a difficult and unpleasant experience. She remembers "a series of spirit-crushing episodes..." Several years later, Dawson reflected on her residency and decided to compare her experience with that of other African-American female general surgeons... From these interviews and her own experience, Dawson extracts the factors which enabled the women to complete their residency programs.
Dr. Margaret Reilly, AWIS Magazine

...a valuable book that belongs in all medical libraries as well as public libraries and libraries serving academic communities with pre-med programs. The voices of Dawson and her colleagues, hitherto unheard, have much to teach medical educators as well as medical students, surgical residents, and young people--female and male both--considering surgical careers.
Counterpoise Magazine

Forged by the Knife explores previously undocumented phenomena that are relevant to medical educators, those concerned about the development or dwindling of empathy in medical trainees, and those interested in sexism and racism in medical education. It is a book that should interest all medical educators.
The New England Journal of Medicine

[Forged by the Knife] brought to light that racism and sexism are still present in surgical training programs... I highly recommend reading this book.
Dr. Robin A. B. Skrine, Current Surgery

Forged by the Knife... provides perhaps compelling evidence of overt discrimination against a sometimes vulnerable group of committed health professionals and a challenge to address their needs and to encourage more minority women to join the crusade for better health care in our underserved areas.
Dr. Dione Williams, New Jersey Medicine

Forged by the Knife gives voice to the courage and challenge our sisters in the medical profession deal with daily in order to reach their goal of healing others.
Julia A. Boyd, author of Can I Get a Witness? For Sisters When the Blues Is More Than a Song

This book is well researched. But it is more. It is a cathartic exposition of the experiences of six black female surgeons. We are privileged to be voyeurs in the interviews conducted by Dawson, who has had training not only in surgery, but also in Gestalt therapy. I recommend this book to all would-be physicians and surgeons whatever their gender and their color, but also to all residency program directors.
Dr. Alvin J. Thompson, The Pharos

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