by C.C. Briscoe
This fictional account of the personal and professional life of obstetrician Stephen McArdle allows a fascinating look at medical and social change in the twentieth century, viewed through the eyes of a doctor practicing during that period. Changes in cultural attitudes toward reproduction are examined through the eyes of the women in McArdle’s life: his mother, his wife, and his daughter.
McArdle’s career spanned the most interesting and dynamic period of time in medical history, when contraception, abortion, and women’s rights exerted a profound effect on reproduction, and author Dr. C.C. Briscoe highlights these important changes with a subtle, witty hand.
Interwoven among the interesting details of the doctor’s career is a rich story of a life comlicated by difficult moral choices. One of McArdle’s choices, made to appease his beloved wife, will come back to haunt him years later. Only that same love can retrieve him from the brink of despair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C.C. Briscoe is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.G. He practiced his specialty and did clinical research at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he is now on the honorary staff. As Associate Clinical Professor he taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Both these institutions are the nation’s oldest.
Dr. Briscoe is past-president of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. He is the author of many scientific papers, four chapters in text books, two books, newspaper and a magazine article about John Hanson, first president elected under the articles of Confederation.
He is married to an honor graduate of Sweet Briar College; the couple have three children, eight grandchildren, and three great “grands.”
(2002, paperback, 32 pages)