Jean Silver-Isenstadt is the executive director of the National Physicians Alliance. She holds a doctorate in the history and sociology of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, a medical degree from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in nonfiction and science writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral work focused on 19th-century American health reform. She is the author of Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), a biography of the infamous and influential health advocate and social reformer best known for her leadership of the water-cure movement and for her scandalous public lectures to women on anatomy and physiology.
Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD
Jean Silver-Isenstadt is the executive director of the National Physicians Alliance. She holds a doctorate in the history and sociology of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, a medical degree from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degr
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February 28, 2012
This piece was written and submitted by Erin Wyner, MD, a family physician and proud member of the National Physicians Alliance . As a physician, I am deeply concerned about the extreme opposition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to important new rules requiring employers that provide health insurance to their employees to include coverage for contraception. Churches were originally exempt from this rule, and the Obama administration has made an additional accommodation for religious organizations such as hospitals and universities that oppose contraception, requiring instead that...
January 26, 2012
Cross posted with permission from the National Physicians Alliance blog . I attended a health policy conference last week where the buzz was women . The question on everyone’s mind was: Why aren’t American women angrier that every last one of the Republican candidates for president has threatened to repeal a law that has brought the greatest advance for women in a generation? The experts had an answer: because most women don’t know about their new rights and protections. Many have no idea what’s in this health care law for us. I’m here to tell you that it’s a LOT, an astounding, tell-your-...