Sunday, November 11, 2012

Boston Female Medical College

On this day in 1848 the first medical school forwomen, the Boston Female Medical College, was established.

Boston University School of Medicine, 1873–1892

 The BostonFemale Medical College (later the New England Female Medical College) was founded by homeopathic physician Samuel Gregory, who believed that it was immoral for men to attend childbirth. Not surprisingly, the school limited its medical training to gynecology and obstetrics. In 1850 the charter class of 12 women graduated. By 1856 the school expanded to a full medical school curriculum. In 1864 it graduated the first African American woman physician, Rebecca Lee Crumpler.
In 1873 the school mergedwith Boston University, establishing the Boston University School of Medicine and one of the first co-educational medical schools in the world.  

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