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Metrodora was a Greek physician sometime around 200-400 CE. She was the author of the oldest medical book known to be written by a woman, "On the Diseases and Cures of Women".#WomenInMedicine #HistSci #WednesdayWisdom opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/cgi/viewconten…
Greek physician Metrodora was one of the first to suggest surgical treatment for both breast & uterine cancers. Her manuscript was translated into Latin somewhere between the 3rd & 5th centuries.
#WomenInMedicine #histsci #WednesdayWisdom nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/ody…
Aspasia of Athens (ca 4th century AD). She founded the origins of the obstetrical practice, both regarding the early techniques of induced abortions & the surgical management of the early failure of pregnancy.#WomenInMedicine
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Merit-Ptah (c. 2700 BCE) Chief court physician in Ancient Egypt. First woman known by name in the history of medicine. Teacher & supervisor of males.
#WomenInMedicine #HistSci #WednesdayWisdom ancient.eu/article/49/fem…
Merit-Ptah was a Swnwt (doctor). Her inscription, left by her son, was found on a tomb at Saqqara. As chief physician, she would have also attended the king, but exactly which king is uncertain #WomenInMedicine #HistSci #WednesdayWisdom
Pesehet (c. 2500 BCE) was known as the 'Lady Overseer of Female Physicians’. She was the personal physician of the monarch from the 4th Dynasty in the period of the Old Kingdom. #WomenInMedicine #HistSci
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Aemilia Hilaria (c. 300 – c. 363), Physician who lived near the Moselle River in Gaul. According to her nephew Ausonius she “occupied herself in the art of healing, like a man.” #WomenInMedicine #Histsci #WednesdayWisdom jstor.org/stable/10.7834…
From plague epidemics in Elizabethan England to cholera outbreaks in the early Victorian era, women determined causes of death. In England, they were called “searchers”.#WomenInMedicine #Histsci #WednesdayWisdom bbc.co.uk/education/guid…
In “Sex in education” (1873), Edward H. Clarke warned that ‘higher education in women produces monstrous brains & puny bodies, abnormally active cerebration and abnormally weak digestion, flowing thought and constipated bowels’ #WomenInScience #Histsci
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Women were engaged in surgical practice throughout the 16th & 17th centuries. Early 17th-century diarist Lady Margaret Hoby provides first-hand accounts of her surgical practice, for eg, when she tended to a deep cut on her servant’s hand #WomenInMedicine j.mp/2BW2TMP
Harriot Kezia Hunt (1805-1875). First American woman to practice medicine professionally. She was also the first woman to apply to Harvard Medical School in 1847 & she was asked to withdraw her application.
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Harriot Hunt was denied admission twice at Harvard Medical School, but ultimately given permission to attend medical lectures along with black applicants Daniel Laing Jr., Isaac H. Snowden, and Martin Robinson Delany.
#WomenInMedicine
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Students from the Harvard Medical School protested the attendance of Hunt & the black students, & successfully blocked all from attending. #WomenInMedicine #WednesdayWisdom collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/s…
One New York Times article in 1858, chided Harriot Hunt for being "one of the dozen women in the United States who pine because Nature did not make them men" j.mp/2BW0nWU #histsci #WednesdayWisdom
Despite being denied a Harvard education, Harriot Hunt received an honorary medical degree from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1853 and practiced medicine in Boston until her death in 1875 #WomenInMedicine
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Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910). First woman to graduate from medical school in the United States #WomenInMedicine #HistSci #WednesdayWisdom cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/bio…
Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman.#WomenInMedicine #WednesdayWisdom cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/bio…
Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, appears in two comics: Wonder Woman #19 (1946) and Conquest (1953)
#WomenInMedicine comicvine.gamespot.com/elizabeth-blac…
Cecilia Grierson (1859–1934). First woman to receive a Medical Degree in #Argentina at a time when it was considered inappropriate for a female to be in contact with human bodies #WomenInMedicine #histsci irlandeses.org/0811barry1.htm
Dolors Aleu i Riera (1857-1913). She was the first woman in Spain to be licensed in medicine and the second woman in the country to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree #WomenInMedicine #WednesdayWisdom abc.es/historia/abci-…
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