Friday, March 8, 2013

Women Physicians in Greece, Rome and Byzantium

From History of the Ancient World:
The history of women as professionals in medicine does not begin in America in 1849 with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman to earn an M.D. in modern times; nor in Naples in 1422, with Costanza Calenda, the first woman we know of to receive a doctorare in medicine from a university; nor in Naples in 1321, with Francesca de Romana, the earliest woman we currently know to have heen licensed to practice medicine generally, nor in Catania in 1276, with Virdimura, a Jew and wife of a Doctor Pasquale, who was licenced to practice on paupers, but extends back to at least the fifth century B.C. in Greece. (Read entire post.)

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