Beyond the blossoming fields

ISBN: 9781846880643, 1846880645
OCLC Number: 220004530
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Jun'ichi Watanabe
Translator: Deborah Iwabuchi, Anna Isozaki
Language: en
Publisher: Alma Books, 2008, 2009
Publication Place: Richmond, UK
Japanese Copyright Year: 1970
English Publication Date: 2008
Notes: Japanese title: Hanauzumi.
Abstract: As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of nineteenth-century Japan. But when she contracts gonorrhea from her husband, she suffers the disgrace of divorce. Forced to bear the humiliation of being treated by male doctors, she resolves to become a doctor herself in order to treat fellow female sufferers and spare them some of the shame she had to endure. Her struggle is not an easy one--her family disowns her, and she has to convince the authorities to take seriously the very idea of a female doctor and allow her to study alongside male medical students and take the licensing exam.