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Men of the late 1800s were overwhelmingly convinced of their superiority Societys influence on the individual man was powerful In a time where social standing was of utmost importance men attempted to retain control over their lives as much as possible John was a model product of society His love and care for his wife was manifested throughout the story but yet his subconscious society instilled intentions were always underlying in all his actions Ehrenreich and English in The Sick Women of the Upper Classes tell us that a mans wife was his symbol of wealth Her leisure indicated his wealth Her Idleness delicacy and childlike ignorance of reality gave a man class that money alone could not provide Johns strict rules and therapy for his wife stems from both his love for her and societys quiet instilment of the importance of wealth and social standing Johns occupation as a physician dictates his way of thinking Johns wife first description of him in her diary states John is practical in the extreme He has no patience with faith an intense horror of superstition and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures He is a man of science things that cannot be proven with numbers or physical evidence are of no relevance to John Johns position as an authority also influences the way he thinks and acts A physician is a trusted figure in society and so if he tells a person that they are sick and need treatment the patient accepts this diagnosis without question The Sick Women of the Upper Classes discusses the risk women faced with tuberculosis and all the theories that were given by male physicians regarding womens greater vulnerability to TB The theories are clearly absurd and become even more ridiculous when it is said that all female functions were identified as inherently sick If
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