A mirror is one of my most important medical tools

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Submitted by: Alice Rothchild

Starting in 1970, I was a medical student (one of about 10 women in a class of over 100) at Boston University and just discovering women’s consciousness raising and the feminist movement. I worked on the first edition of My and it became the touchstone of my political development. When I opened my first obgyn/pediatric group practice in the inner city, every patient was offered a copy of My. Today, I still ask each woman if she wants to see her cervix every time I do a pelvic exam. Some women are still saying “Yes!” A mirror is one of my most important medical tools.

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  1. Elizabeth Green says:

    Alice delivered my twins on June 8 1999 on a beautiful sunset evening at Beth Israel. I couldn’t have asked for read caring and experienced hands. (Alice, remember the placenta chant?)

    There were 12 women and 2 men in my labor and delivery room, and my doula was there. I couldn’t help but think how times had CHANGED since I was born and my mother’s (twilight) experience….



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