In this first comprehensive, full-length biography of Hunt, Myra C. Glenn shows how this single woman from a working-class Boston home became a successful physician and noted reformer, illuminating the struggle for woman’s rights and the fractious and gendered nature of medicine in antebellum America.
"Harriot Hunt was an important figure in nineteenth-century women’s rights and reform movements. During her lifetime, she changed the landscape of medical practices. This is the biography she has long deserved."—Anne M. Boylan, author of The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797–1840
"In this meticulously researched and richly contextualized biography, Myra Glenn recovers the life of an important figure in nineteenth-century medicine, woman’s rights, and social reform. Exploring Harriot Hunt’s distinctive approach to treating women’s ills through 'heart histories,' as well as her literary self-fashioning, struggles to attain professional standing, and outspoken social activism, this compelling narrative brings alive the centrality of gender to antebellum female experience. Hunt may have titled her memoir Glances and Glimpses, but Glenn offers a deep and searching examination of a fascinating life."—Tamara Thornton, author of Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life
"[A] carefully contextualized account of a remarkable Bostonian and her times . . . The author has afforded us many insights into antebellum American society in general as well as contemporary female medical practice."—Journal of Medical Biography
"Glenn shines a light on an amazing life . . . Making particular in-depth use of Hunt's autobiography, Glances and Glimpses (1856), Glenn tells the story of an extraordinary life."—CHOICE
"Most people with a passing interest in the history of women have heard of Dr. Harriot Kezia Hunt, but few know more than her name. Hunt has been the subject of encyclopedia articles and one or two journal articles, but Glenn is the first to write a book-length biography of Hunt."—Journal of American History