The Mind is Not the Heart

Recollections of a Woman Physician

The Mind is Not the Heart

Book Pages: 304 Illustrations: 34 b&w photographs Published: May 1989

Author: Eva J. Salber

Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, General Interest > Biography, Letters, Memoirs, Medicine and Health > Medical Humanities

Available for the first time in paperback, Eva Salber's The Mind Is Not the Heart (originally published in 1989), is the personal and political story of a white, Jewish, South African woman who practiced medicine for over fifty years among the impoverished—both rural and urban, black and white, in South Africa and later in the United States. Her lifelong dedication to providing health care to poor people was informed by a passionate vision of the link between social problems and medicine, accompanied by an embracing involvement with the communities in which she served. In this warm clear-eyed account, Dr. Salber presents not only her own personal journey, that of a professional woman, teacher, wife, and mother, but also the story of the people on the margins of society among whom she worked.



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Eva J. Salber is the author of Don't Send Me Flowers When I'm Dead, also published by Duke University Press. She received her M.D. in 1955 at the University of Cape Town, and practiced medicine in Port Elizabeth, Umtata, Cape Town, and Durban, South Africa, London, Boston, and Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. She died in 1990 at her home in Chapel Hill at the age of 74.

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Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Part One. South Africa

Becoming a Doctor 3

Sakkie and the Family 18

Port Elizabeth: My First Job 30

London: Marriage and Friends 39

Umtata: Rural Poverty 55

Cape Town: 1941 72

Durban: Health Center Practice 82

Cape Town: 1954 107

Emigrating 122

Part Two. Boston

Becoming a Housewife 133

Settling Down at Harvard 149

Transition 163

The Bracken Field Health Center 171

Part Three. North Carolina

Moving South: A New Beginning 211

Settling Down at Duke 226

Health Facilitators: Lay Advisers in Community Health 239

Don't Send Me Flowers When I'm Dead 253

Afterword 271

Notes 275

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1365-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0910-9
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