Changing the World, One Female Physician at a Time

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


May 29, 2018

Female Physicians Who Broke Barriers

Until relatively recently, few women had the opportunity to become physicians. Those who did manage to get professional training and practice their profession were truly exceptional. Men dominated most professions, including medicine. In the mid-19th century, only a negligible number of physicians were women.[1] One hundred years later, in the 1950s, the proportion was still only approximately 6%.[2] Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, more women than men are enrolled in medical school.

Can you identify the accomplishments of these famous 19th and 20th century female physicians?


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