Post copyright 2016 by Doris McCraw/Angela Raines-author
With the Holidays behind us, resolutions maybe forgotten, I’ve still not forgotten the Women Doctors in Colorado prior to 1900. While I’ve posted different post, I’ve been pretty constant in my research. These women have worked their way into my psyche and I don’t anticipate these women leaving anytime soon.
Here’s where I’ll be on June 11, 2016, the East Library in Colorado Springs for the:
Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium
Myths & Mysteries of the Rocky Mountain West
I will be doing a short presentation on how the legend of ‘Doc Susie’ became the myth thanks to ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman’. This is turn became the belief that all women doctors went through the same thing. As with all legends and myths, it isn’t the full story.
Colorado was home to many women doctors. I’ve written about Alida Avery, Julia E. Loomis, Harriett Leonard and so many others. Some I’ve yet to tell you about. In addition to the above mentioned women, there was also Dr. Edith Root, who was also in Colorado in 1878, practicing in Denver, Colorado. She was also the first women to receive a license, #82, when Colorado began to license all physicians in 1881. Many of these women decided not to marry, but there were also many who did. This was not a one size fits all, despite the myth of the woman doctor.
When Susan ‘Doc Susie’ Anderson began in Cripple Creek, it was 1897, long after the aforementioned women had been pursuing their chosen career. There were many who, like Dr. Anderson after she moved to Frasier, Colorado, who chose to practice in the smaller communities. There were others who practiced in larger communities. Others created treatment facilities, alone or together. So as I prepare for this program, which can be streamed live during the day, I will continue my pursuit of the lives of these remarkable women and tell the stories I find.
Despite the quote from the movie, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”, this is one time I hope to tell the true story, and let the myth and legend rest.
Of course I’ll also continue writing as Angela Raines and telling the stories she has running around in her head. So as 2016 gets started, have a wonderful year of following your passions.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris post a haiku five days a week at – http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com and has now passed one thousand haiku and photos on the blog. Sign up on her Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL for updates on new releases.
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