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As the Pikes Peak Library District Symposium draws closer, I’ve spent more time looking at the larger picture of the women doctors who received their license to practice medicine around the same time as Susan, Doc Susie, Anderson, who started her practice in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1897. She did not move to Fraser, Colorado until 1907 where she earned her ‘fame’.
While the list is fairly long, I thought I would share some additional names and their contributions to Colorado and medicine.
Dr. Josepha Williams and Dr. Madeline Marquette opened a private hospital and sanatorium in Denver in 1889. In 1892 they added a nursing school to the hospital – Sanatorium. Dr. Williams was the superintendent of the facility. On a side note Dr. Williams married Charles Winfred Douglas a musician and Episcopal priest in 1896.
Dr.Genevieve M Tucker wrote Mother, Baby and Nursery: A Manuel for Mothers published by Roberts Brothers, copyright 1896. She practiced in Pueblo, Colorado. Around 1898 she was elected president of the Colorado Homeopathic Medical Society.
Dr. Ida Putnam began her practice in Chicago, but in 1898 she received her Colorado license and began a practice in Telluride, Colorado.
Dr. Florence Sabin was a research doctor who did much to advance the area of medical research. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list here. If you wish to know more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_R._Sabin and http://www.biography.com/people/florence-sabin-9468690
Dr. Rose Kidd Beere was written up in the “History of Colorado” edited by Wilber Fiske Stone. She participated in the Philippine War of 1898-99 and WWI. She was unable to travel to the Philippine’s as a doctor so she gathered women to go there as nurses. A short write-up in her hometown newspaper of Wabash, Indiana can be found here: http://www.chronicle-tribune.com/archives/wabashplaindealer/wabash-native-was-woman-ahead-of-her-time/article_d993558d-237f-5717-b268-e7d22e1fb4f2.html
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bates I have spoken of before. As you know she was the first woman intern at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. From the book “A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital” by Patrick D. Guinan, Kenneth J. Printen, James L. Stone, James S.T. Yao, we find in the nineteen months she worked as in intern she worked in the morgue, took part in fourteen amputations. Of her time there she later said “ the first six months were hell, the second six months were purgatory, the next six months were heaven; when it came time for me to leave, I wept bitter tears.”
So there you have just a few of Doc Susie’s contemporaries. For anyone wishing to listen in on the upcoming symposium on June 11, 2016 it will be streamed live. Further information will be supplied closer to the date. You can also find more at:http://www.regionalhistoryseries.org/2016-symposium-presentations.html
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