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Young children often look to characters in books, movies, and television to inspire their future career choices. This research project was designed to examine what female physicians in literature inspired young women to choose to become physicians. It is important to investigate the influences young women may or may not have had so that those inspiring characters if they exist, can be highlighted for future generations. To obtain data, I sent a survey to the Utah State University Pre-Med Club to gauge what literary influences inspired them to become doctors. I also interviewed three female doctors and recorded their influences and thoughts on the representation of female physicians in literature.
Utah State University
English Language and Literature
Kirkham, Addy, "Is There a Doctor in the Book? A Study of Female Physicians in Literature" (2020). Fall Student Research Symposium 2020. 36.