Thompson states that the book was "written to make people, particularly female people, aware of the tremendous social, psychological, religious, and medical pressures brought to bear upon the uterus as it traveled through history," but as a woman psychiatrist I did not find that it increased my awareness in a valuable way. Alas, the focus on the uterus as emblem of woman does not make a contribution about the psychology of women. A woman patient at a state hospital with whom I had been discussing "women's topics"—for example, her concerns about her children in custody elsewhere—asked what I was reading and picked up The Wandering Womb from my desk. After perusing the drawings with great interest, and reading a bit, she put it down and declared "Holy shit!" That about sums up my opinion too.