Haywood, Carl N. (ed.) / Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume 80 (1992)
Ris, Hania W.
The ordeal of being a test case: in quest of the right to practice medicine in Wisconsin, pp. 1-20 PDF (9.2 MB)
Han/a Ris today 1The Ordeal of Being a Test Case: In Quest of the Right to Practice Medicine in Wisconsin Hania W. Ris When my husband Hans Ris accepted an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1948, I was intrigued. That was the year Life magazine (6 September) ran its famous cover story identifying Madison, Wisconsin, as America's best plaëe to live. Although I had an interesting and prestigious position as a pediatrician in the Cornell Medical School Department of Pediatrics, I looked forward to the move with anticipation. After diligently studying the Life article, I became even more enthusiastic. I learned that Madison, with a population of 80,000, had three lovely lakes, that the streets were lined with elms and maples, that its many parks were maintained with a very ample city appropriation. Its "intelligent and alert populace" had a literacy rate of 98%, and 17% had attended college. The schools had an excellent reputation, pertinent information for a couple expecting their first child in March 1949. Babysitters were easily available because of a large student population. The city had many cultural groups. The university supported several "artists in residence" including a painter as well as musicians. Drama was provided Hania W. Ris, M.D., has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics, UW—Madison Medical School, for thirty-five years. She is apeace activist and champion of women's rights, reproductive rights, the prevention of teenage pregnancy, quality day care, and national health insurance. She writes newspaper and magazine features, as well as scient/fic papers. An abstract painter, she has had several one-woman exhibits. by the Lunts, who lived nearby and usually opened their new plays in Madison. The artide even referred to the importance of the Madison League of Women Voters and its influence on civic decisions. At the time of the University of Wisconsin offer we were living in New York City. My husband, a biologist, had been working in the field of cytology (structure, function, and pathology of the cell) at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. I was working with Dr. May Wilson at the Children's Cardiac Clinic of New York Hospital as a Fellow in Pediatrics as well as teaching on the staff of Cornell University Medical School.
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