Includes a substantial new introduction by Ehrenreich and English to bring the book up-to-date. Health care is a huge topic in the media right now; the new into will give new insights into this hot topic Current interest in midwifery makes this book newly relevant to home-birth and alternative health movements. Very few books about women healers have been published since Witches first came out: most focus on an individual or ethnic group rather than the political and social environments surrounding the suppression of western women healers. Witches has been a steady course adoption title for women’s studies classes, medical, and nursing schools for the past three decades. Reveals how the centuries-old tradition of women as doctors without degrees and herbal healers was subverted, relegating women to doctors’ aides and institutionally restricting them from access to medical knowledge. Foreshadowed the changes needed for what would become the women’s health movement.