Despite the different forms of discrimination against women, these famous female doctors managed to establish a reputation among men. Female doctors Gold Coast proved that being a woman is not a hindrance to affect change and improve the livelihoods of many. Here are six of the earliest and famous female doctors in history.
As early as 200-400 CE, a female doctor was already known. She was known by the name Metrodora, a Greek physician who has written a book entitled ‘On the Diseases and Cures of Women’, which is the first book written by a woman. Because of this, not only that she was known for being a doctor but a medical writer as well. Her works were used as references and it was believed that she is greatly influenced by Hippocrates.
Elizabeth Blackwell is the first American doctor of the United States and graduated in 1849 at New York’s Geneva Medical College. She is one of the founders of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children which serves as a medical advancement in healthcare systems for women. At first, she disliked the idea of medicine as she loathed anything related to the body. But because of a dying friend that deemed female doctors could have treated her better, Dr. Balckwell entered the medical field and reached great heights.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler
Because of their race, African female doctors experience discrimination twice that of their white counterparts. However, Dr. Crumpler defied norms and became the first African-American doctor who graduated in 1864 from a medical school now known as Boston University. She mainly treated the freed slaves who have no access to healthcare systems during the post-civil war. She was also able to publish a book entitled ‘Book of Medical Discourses’.
Helen Brooke Taussig
She is one of the female doctors who have pioneered pediatric cardiology. In 1947, she wrote the book entitled ‘Congenital Malformations of the Heart’. Additionally her works extended up to hospice and palliative care, banning of thalidomide, medical researches involving animals, and legal abortion. She obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and served the institution for most of her career.
She is one of the pioneers in treating burn patients. She supports tangential excisions which involved early excision and immediate grafting of burns. Because of this, morbidity and mortality of burn victims are reduced significantly. She practiced most of her time in Maribor City in Slovenia, and saved the lives of many burn victims.
She created the APGAR score in 1953 and served as the first full professor of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1949. APGAR is the gold standard in assessing newborns up and is still used up to this time. She is also one of the pioneers in anesthesiology in US.