Happy Women’s History Month! In honor of this month, we’re going to talk about some of the most amazing women pioneers in medicine. We’ll start with Hilgard, a nun, and healer in twelfth-century Germany. Her practice was holistic in that she cared for her patients’ physical ailments and spiritual needs. Her monasteries were a safe haven for the sick. While heading the convent at Rupertsberg she was involved in many scientific medical experiments. She also wrote several texts about her simple approach to medicine and compound medicine.
A more recent pioneer, from about 1846, is Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who was the first African American to obtain an MD title from the New England Female Medical College. She published her book of medical discourses, which was also the first text written by an African American. Though she faced racism and relentless harassment she treated the freed slaves she could after the Civil War.
Our team wishes you and your staff a fabulous Women’s History Month.
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